January 13, 2011

No. 2 Yale to Play No. 8 Western Ontario, No. 5 Cornell

NEW HAVEN, Conn . - Hot off a 5-0 winning streak, the No. 2 Bulldogs will travel to Cornell this weekend for two matches. There, they will play the No. 8 Western Ontario Mustangs on Friday evening (6:00p.m.), followed by the No. 5 Cornell Big Red on Saturday morning (10:00a.m.). The No. 2 Bulldogs have only dropped two individual matches in their first five matches of this season.

The Bulldogs mastered a full schedule last weekend, defeating No. 19 Amherst, No. 11 Williams, and No. 7 Dartmouth. Yale blanked both Amherst and Williams, and lost only two matches to Dartmouth. Sophomore Hywel Robinson had to withdraw at No. 1 position due to a leg injury.

The Mustangs currently have held the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) title since the 1983-1984 season, which gives them the longest championship streak in Ontario. The Bulldogs did not compete against the Mustangs last year.

Cornell (3-1, 2-1 Ivy League) has posted a strong showing this season, and has surpassed Harvard in the December College Squash Association Rankings to reach the No. 5 spot. However, Yale hopes to repeat history, and send Cornell home empty handed once again; last year, Yale bested Cornell by a 9-0 score at the Yale Round Robin. A highlight of the match was a 3-1 win at the No. 4 spot, where Aaron Fuchs '10 defeated Cornell's Chris Sachrie. Sachrie's brother, Nick, a sophomore for the Big Red, is ranked No. 5 in the country and just won the U.S. Junior Open.

 

report filed by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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