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College Squash Weekend Preview, January 26-28

Stanford senior Sarah Bell carries a 10-2 record into the weekend as she and her teammates tackle a challenging schedule of three top-ranked opponents. Credit: Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com

The busiest part of the college squash season continues this weekend as teams aim to secure—or improve—their positions in the newly released Dunlop CSA Rankings.

The No. 5-ranked Stanford women’s team embark on a road trip where they will play their final three matches of the regular season. The Cardinals will face the two teams ranked immediately above them—Trinity and Yale—as well as No. 6 Columbia over the course of three days. The Yale-Stanford match on Sunday determines brotherly bragging rights between head coaches David and Mark Talbott; prior to coaching Stanford, Mark Talbott served as the head coach of the Yale women’s team.  Stanford beat Yale for the first time in program history last season at team nationals.

No. 1 Trinity will visit No. 4 St. Lawrence in the highest-ranking showdown from the men’s. St. Lawrence has been plagued by several injuries this season, and will look to use the Trinity match to bounce back from an 8-1 loss to No. 2 Columbia last weekend.

In one of the great rivalries of college squash and DIII athletics in general, Williams will face Amherst on Saturday at a neutral site—Wesleyan University. Williams won the sole women’s match and two men’s matches from last season in convincing fashion. Both Amherst teams enter the match ranked four positions below Williams and gunning for the upset.

Dartmouth will host Drexel in what has become a tightly contested match over the past several seasons. The teams have faced each other multiple times in recent team championships with each capturing significant wins for their respective programs. The Drexel men have dropped to No. 13 in the most recent rankings (Dartmouth sits at No. 7), but while the Dragons have six losses on their record, those have only come against teams currently in the top eight of the rankings. On the women’s side, the match promises to be close with Dartmouth entering at No. 10 and Drexel at No. 9.

The University of Virginia travels north for four matches each for the men’s and women’s teams, also the final regular season fixtures for both. They will face Brown, Middlebury, and Williams, with the men also playing MIT and the women playing Wesleyan. Both Virginia teams are currently ranked No. 16, and will look for a few solid results to ensconce their position in the second divisions of team nationals.

View the full college schedules here:
College Squash Men’s Schedule
College Squash Women’s Schedule

Live Scoring will be available for many matches during the weekend on Club Locker.