The college squash schedule is relatively light this weekend, but there will be hot spots of action for fans to follow.
Once again, the CSA’s growing geographical diversity will be on display. Teams will be traveling to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Annapolis, Maryland, and Upstate New York for round robin competition. Even the Ivy League, bastions of tradition, have found a new home for their annual Scrimmages in Penn’s new squash center.
The CSA’s midwest contingent will gather at MetroSquash in Chicago for the aptly-named Big Ten Tournament. University of Chicago was the highest ranked team in last year’s rankings, but emerging teams from Indiana University, University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Wisconsin will be out to show their growth and improvement.
For example, newly appointed Northwestern coach Mike Masius had this to say about his team: “The club squash program at Northwestern University is prepping to move up the collegiate ranks. The university has had a club team since the mid 90’s and enjoyed some growth and lulls over the years as both a coed program and as two individual teams. Now that the student run program has a coach in place, increased awareness throughout campus and outside support; the future looks bright.”
The Ivy League Scrimmages, typically hosted at Yale, migrate south to coincide with the official opening ceremonies of the Martin and Julie Franklin Squash Center at Penn. All eight Ivy League institutions will be in action in a bracket format.
Traditional round robins will take place at the Naval Academy and Bard College over the course of the weekend. Boston University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Haverford College, Johns Hopkins, and Lehigh University will congregate in Maryland, while Colgate University, Lafayette College, Siena College, Swarthmore College, and Vassar College will compete at Bard.
In additional action, the Chatham men host debutantes Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh in the battle of the Steel City, and the Colgate women host Bard, Bucknell, and Vassar.
The order of play for this weekend is:
- 3-court system: 3,1,2 / 4,6,5 / 8,9,7
- 5-court system: 1,2 / 4,3 / 6,5 / 7,8 / 10,9
Live Scoring will be available for many matches during the weekend on Club Locker.