At their home round robin competitions this weekend, the University of Virginia women and men, as well as the Vassar College women, swept their matches to get off to great starts to their seasons.
The Virginia women scored two 9-0 victories, but the men found themselves in another dogfight with familiar foe, Franklin & Marshall College. The 6-3 result was slightly more comfortable for the Cavaliers than last year’s three 5-4 victories with first-year Omar El Torkey clinching the winning point at 5-2.
The Vassar women steamrolled the competition on their home courts, tallying four victories on the weekend. The closest contest was a 5-4 win against an upstart Northeastern University squad.
Two other all-varsity match-ups produced some noteworthy early season results. Grabbing the headlines was the Chatham University men, who pushed their season-opening and program-best win streak to three with an upset of a shorthanded Hobart team in Buffalo. Just north of there in Toronto, Western Ontario offered a rude welcome to visitors Navy, jumping out to an early lead and coasting to a 8-1 victory.
Other teams that successfully navigated the weekend without a loss include the women from William Smith College (3-0), and the men’s teams from Fordham University (3-0) and MIT (2-0).