January 31, 2013

No. 4 Bulldogs Ready for No. 1 Princeton, No. 12 Penn

Squash Looks to Remain Perfect in Ivy League

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 4 Yale men's squash team will face two tough Ivy competitors at home this weekend, hosting No. 1 Princeton (7-0, 3-0 Ivy) on Saturday and No. 12 Penn (3-7, 0-3 Ivy) on Sunday. 

The Elis enter the weekend 8-1, boasting wins over No. 5 Rochester, No. 6 Cornell, No. 7 Franklin and Marshall and No. 10 Columbia. The team is undefeated in the Ivy League, with its only loss coming on Jan. 23 to No. 2 Trinity. In their most recent match on Jan. 26, the Bulldogs defeated No. 15 Navy 9-0. Seniors Kenneth Chan, Hywel Robinson (the team's captain), and Richard Dodd led the team to victory, earning wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively.

Yale last met Princeton in the Ivy Scrimmages in November, when the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 5-4 in New Haven. In their last official meeting, Princeton dealt Yale its first loss of the 2011-2012 season before going on to win the Ivy League and CSA Team Championships. This year's match will have similar championship implications, as both Yale and Princeton are undefeated in Ivy play and rank among the best teams nationally. The Tigers have already overcome one of their toughest challenges of the season, defeating No. 3 Harvard 5-4 on Jan. 13. 

Penn, Yale's second opponent of the weekend, got off to a strong start this season but has struggled of late; after beginning the season 3-2, the Quakers have lost their last five matches. Having already faced and fallen to No. 1 Princeton, No. 2 Trinity and No. 3 Harvard, the team remains highly ranked because of its rigorous schedule. The Quakers' biggest wins thus far have come against No. 14 Bates in November and No. 15 Navy in December.

Yale will face Princeton on Saturday before taking on Penn the following day. Both matches will be played at 12 p.m. in the Brady Squash Center.

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity