February 17, 2013

No. 2 Elis to Face No. 3 Harvard for Share of Ivy Title

Robinson Looks to Continue Streak 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Monday the No. 2 Yale men's squash team will close out its season with a match at No. 3 Harvard (14-2, 5-1 Ivy) that has championship implications. The Bulldogs (11-2, 5-1) are on a three-match winning streak and, with a win over the Crimson, would tie Princeton (10-1, 6-1) for their third Ivy title in four years.

Yale has gotten big wins recently thanks to reliable senior leadership at the top of the order. Captain Hywel Robinson is undefeated in his last four matches at No. 2, while fellow senior Richard Dodd is 3-1 at No. 3. The Elis' No. 1, senior Kenneth Chan, has wins this season against top teams like No. 6 Rochester and No. 12 Penn but will face a tough opponent in Harvard's Ali Farag, the nation's reigning individual champion. The team is undefeated against Harvard during the seniors' careers.

Yale and Harvard are currently tied for second place in the Ivy League behind the nation's No. 4 team, Princeton. The Crimson fell to the Tigers 5-4 on Jan. 13, while the Bulldogs suffered a similar fate shortly thereafter, losing 6-3 on Feb. 2. Monday's match will determine final season rankings in the Ivy League and on the national level, where rankings determine seedings in the CSA Team Championships (Feb. 22-24), a national championship tournament that Yale will host.  

The Bulldogs' meeting with Harvard is both teams' final competition before the tournament. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday at Harvard's Murr Center.

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity 

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