Weekend Recap: Key Victories Fuel Rising Teams

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College squash teams were able to play a full schedule this weekend, and the matches were competitive and fun to watch all weekend long. Trinity College, Drexel University, and Brown University were three institutions with both men’s and women’s teams earning notable victories this weekend, but the road to the championships is just heating up.

Brown’s Danielle Benstock won her match at #2 to help lead Brown to an important victory over Tufts this weekend (photo by Stuart leGassick)
  • Drexel’s dual close victories over Mid-Atlantic Squash Conference (MASC) rival Virginia were considered upsets due to the Dragons’ lower rankings, but these teams could meet another two times this season – at the MASC Championships and potentially at Team Nationals. Keep an eye on those match-ups.
  • Trinity’s teams outlasted historic rivals Princeton in their contests in Hartford on Sunday, meaning the women will stay ranked just above the Tigers, while the men should leapfrog them in the standings. The Yale men also defeated Princeton on Saturday, which would boost the Bulldogs’ ranking as well.
  • The Brown teams, playing primarily a varsity schedule while they transition to club status, scored statement wins this weekend at home against Tufts. The women’s victory was particularly impressive given the gap in the rankings between Brown (No. 17) and Tufts (No. 12), Tufts’ hot form lately, and Tufts’ subsequent victory over No. 10 Amherst on Sunday. The men’s match went down to the wire, with Brown’s Grant Sterman pulling out an emotional 5-game victory to push his team over the finish line.
  • Other key wins for lower-ranked teams all happened on the women’s side. No. 19 Franklin & Marshall nudged out No. 18 Bowdoin 5-4 at home, while Liberty League peers St. Lawrence (No. 21) and William Smith (No. 22) overcame No. 20 Dickinson.
  • The Penn men and the Harvard women maintained their unblemished records to stay at the top of the standings for another week.
  • In Club Squash action, the University of Michigan continued their hot streak and undefeated season with wins over Arizona State, Northeastern, and Northwestern at MetroSquash in Chicago.

Full results from the season so far can be viewed here: Women and Men.

Stay tuned for the updated college squash rankings to be released tomorrow, January 26.