With fall semester exams and the holiday period behind them, several teams are getting an early start on their competition schedule in 2019.
Four matches have already taken place this past weekend, with Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, and Williams College kicking things off. The men’s and women’s teams of Middlebury and Williams are close in the rankings, and the matches lived up to their billing. The No. 15 Middlebury women scored an upset victory over No. 13 Williams, 6-3, while the No. 20 Middlebury men held on for a tight 5-4 victory over No. 21 Williams.
Dartmouth played host to Williams the following day, with Dartmouth earning a sweep of the team matches. No. 6 Dartmouth men won 8-1 while their counterparts, No. 9 women, won 7-2.
Every weekday this week features at least one match as teams take advantage of the part of the season with no classes in session.
Trinity College hosts three Top-8 match-ups which headline the contests for this week. On Tuesday, Columbia University travels to Hartford to take on the Bantams, with the men’s No. 1-vs.-No. 3 match-up being the highest ranked meeting of the week. Two days later, Trinity’s women’s team welcomes Princeton University to Connecticut in an enticing No. 2-vs.-No. 3 contest.
Yale’s teams begin 2019 later today by hosting a doubleheader against Amherst College and Tufts University. Tufts and Amherst themselves will meet later in the week on Thursday in Boston. The Amherst men and Tufts women will each be on the hunt for an upset against opponents only a few spots ahead of them in the rankings.
In other action, Wesleyan University takes a road trip north to meet Bates College and Bowdoin College on back-to-back days, and George Washington University fits in a cross-country trip to take on Stanford University in one of two home matches for the Cardinal women this entire season.