More than any other weekend so far during the 2019-2020 college squash season, this weekend features close match-ups that will impact seeding at the end of the year. Up and down the rankings lists, on both the men’s and the women’s side, there are intriguing matches worth tuning into this weekend.
Matches relevant for the men’s rankings highlight this evening’s events. No. 20 Williams, who has already knocked off No. 19 Middlebury, welcomes No. 18 Navy to northwestern Massachusetts. In battles over Conroy Cup positioning, No. 27 Conn College hosts No. 29 Hamilton and No. 30 Haverford welcomes No. 28 Wesleyan. In the classic border rivalry, No. 13 Western Ontario will take aim at another Top-8 opponent at No. 7 Rochester.
Close women’s matches enter the picture on Saturday and Sunday, including critical matches for teams looking to clinch a Howe Cup spot. The No. 9 Cornell women face the toughest road when they meet No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 Virginia, and No. 5 Drexel on consecutive days. Stanford also faces No. 1 Harvard and No. 8 Columbia, who is coming off a historic upset victory over Yale last weekend.
Additional intriguing women’s matches include No. 16 Amherst vs. No. 17 Bates at The Heights Casino in Brooklyn, No. 19 Tufts visiting No. 20 Dickinson, and No. 28 Hamilton meeting No. 29 Haverford at Fordham.
All of those tight matches are listed, and we have not even mentioned perhaps the biggest men’s match to date this season: No. 2 Trinity hosting No. 3 Penn in Hartford on Saturday. The Bantams have shown they are for real, handling several tests over the last two weeks (including two wins this week against rivals Rochester and Columbia), but the Quakers will want to make their mark after suffering an 8-1 defeat to No. 1 Harvard last weekend. Look for this one to go down to the wire.
Not to be outdone, there are two other Top-12 men’s matches on the schedule for Sunday. No. 6 Rochester hosts No. 7 Yale in another big match-up of historic rivals, while No. 9 George Washington meets No. 11 Dartmouth with Williams playing host.
The next set of rankings could look significantly different after this weekend’s events. If fans were waiting for the season to kick into high gear before finding a match to attend, now is their time.
The order of play for the week from January 16 to January 22 is:
- 3-court system: 3,1,2 / 4,5,6 / 7,9,8
- 5-court system: 1,2 / 3,4 / 6,5 / 7,8 / 10,9