The college squash season jumps into full gear this weekend with many teams getting their first taste of 2018-2019 regular season competition. Even with the season just getting underway, several match-ups between teams closely situated in the rankings highlight the weekend contests.
The Stanford Women’s team possibly has the toughest road of the weekend, traveling from the west coast for four matches in three days. The headliner match of their road trip – and possibly of the whole weekend – is their contest with Princeton at the Philadelphia Cricket Club on Saturday. The Number 3 and 4 teams in the CSA Preseason Rankings will square off in an early season Howe Cup preview.
The Bates Men’s and Women’s programs also have an important roadtrip in front of them, heading south to central Pennsylvania to take on Dickinson (Saturday) and Franklin & Marshall (Sunday). The Bates-Dickinson match-ups are especially important early-season barometers for both genders with all four of those teams jockeying for Top-20 positioning.
Saturday’s schedule features several other contests that will provide early-season litmus tests for teams looking to make improvements this year. The Tufts (No. 19) and Wesleyan (No. 20) women clash in another Top-20 match, while the Hamilton (No. 29) and Conn College (No. 30) men also meet in an all-NESCAC rankings-adjacent contest. The men from Virginia (No. 13) will look to build their resume further after an upset victory over No. 8 Princeton last week when they take on Drexel (No. 11) on Saturday.
Speaking of the Princeton men, they have quite the challenging weekend themselves. First, they take on top-ranked Trinity in a special event staged on Saturday at the University Club in New York City. Then, in a short turn-around, they return home on Sunday for a critical match-up with George Washington, who sits one place behind them in the preseason rankings.
This weekend also features some intriguing matches between club teams. Some of the historically successful men’s club teams, including Stanford, Denison, and Bucknell, converge at the Naval Academy for early tests. Alternately, Bard will play host to a round robin of women’s teams, including club teams Smith, Rochester, and Fordham.
Live Scoring will be available for many matches during the weekend on Club Locker.