Last weekend saw the college squash season kick off in earnest with several round robin competitions between club teams, plus one varsity team in action. In a display of the expanding geographical diversity of the College Squash Association, the schedule included matches in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Baltimore, Charlotte, and New York City.
Left: Chatham’s Vini Muniz, their top returning player, helped the Cougars to their first wins in program history. Right: Johns Hopkins swept their two opponents at their home venue, Meadow Mill Athletic Club.
Second-year varsity men’s program Chatham University earned the program’s first ever victories with wins over visitors Denison University and Bucknell University. Other top performing teams including the Washington University of St. Louis men, the Ohio State University men, the Colgate University women, and the Johns Hopkins University men, who all went undefeated on their opening weekends of play.
This weekend’s action features several more round robin competitions in diverse locations with more varsity teams starting their formal competition seasons. University of Virginia and Vassar College will host many matches throughout the weekend, while Denison University will be the host institution for round robin play staged at Nardin Academy in Buffalo.
The headlining matches on the men’s side involve two early-season rematches of Hoehn Cup (B Division) play from last year. Virginia and Franklin & Marshall renew their closely contested rivalry on Saturday, while Western Ontario welcomes Navy north of the border, hoping to avenge their tight 5-4 loss to the Midshipmen in Annapolis last season.
In Buffalo, Chatham will look to build on the momentum from their first victories, especially when they take on their first varsity opponent of the year, Hobart College. Hobart and William Smith Colleges will aim to exert dominance over the competition in Buffalo under the guidance of new head coach, Pat Cosquer.
Vassar and head coach David Ames host a round robin with Fordham University, Bard College, Northeastern University, and Lafayette College coming to town. The Fordham and Northeastern women’s teams had a taste of competition last weekend, but they will be tested with a full weekend of play this time around.
The order of play for this weekend is:
- 3-court system: 1,3,2 / 6,4,5 / 9,8,7
- 5-court system: 2,1 / 4,3 / 5,6 / 7,8 / 10,9
Live Scoring will be available for many matches during the weekend on Club Locker.