After the Thanksgiving holiday break, the last week of college squash in 2019 got started early with some mid-week match-ups.
Some Ivy League travel partners kicked off their conference season, with both Yale and Harvard teams downing their counterparts from Brown and Dartmouth, respectively. The rankings held true to form, with the closest match coming between the No. 6 Rochester men and No. 14 Cornell. Rochester, down at least one key player, escaped from Ithaca with a tight 5-4 victory.
The final weekend of action for the fall semester commences this evening with the matches clustered from Philadelphia to Connecticut. Drexel and Columbia both host matches this evening, starting a busy weekend for both squads.
The Dragons will aim to continue their hot start with upset bids against Yale on Saturday and Rochester on Sunday. Both Columbia teams face stiff challenges on Sunday when they travel to Cornell to start Ivy League play.
Two prominent rematches from last year’s National Collegiate Men’s Team Squash Championships will take place on Saturday. The No. 3 Penn men will want to hold serve at home against Rochester, while No. 17 MIT aims to maintain their upward trajectory with a match against No. 18 Brown. In another rankings-adjacent match in the Philadelphia area, the No. 29 Haverford women welcome No. 27 St. Lawrence tomorrow evening.
Both Wesleyan University and Fordham University are hosting round robin events this weekend, with teams vying to make their mark heading into the winter break. Bard, Bates, Chatham, Hobart, Vassar, and William Smith will all be at Wesleyan, while Boston College, Denison, Lehigh, NYU, and Swarthmore will be at Fordham.
The order of play for this weekend is:
- 3-court system: 3,2,1 / 6,5,4 / 7,8,9
- 5-court system: 2,1 / 3,4 / 6,5 / 7,8 / 10,9