February 1, 2002

M. Squash Hosts Navy and Hobart

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With its regular season coming to a close, the men’s squash team will spend this weekend not far from home with a match at Hobart tonight at 7:00 p.m. It also welcomes Navy to the Belkin International Squash Courts this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The Red is three-for-four this season at home and posted wins last season against both Hobart (9-0) and Navy (8-1).

With the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association championships just one week away, the Red cannot help but to have its national ranking on its mind this weekend. Cornell (5-7), which is currently ranked seventh in the nation according to the NISRA rankings, sees this weekend’s matches as crucial to the team’s success in post-season play. Two wins this weekend would allow the team to enter the national championships with a .500 winning percentage. However, the Red knows that a loss to either team could bump it out of the top eight in the nation and the A-Division in the NISRA championships next weekend.

“The top eight teams in the nation play in the A-Division at Nationals, and the next eight play in the B division. We are going into this weekend looking to post two wins and maintain our national ranking. It’s important to us to enter the National Championships in the A-Division and to do that, we can’t afford to lose either game,” said junior captain Jeff Porter. “This weekend is a great opportunity for us to hold our position nationally, as well as prepare ourselves for next weekend.”

The Red will not, however, look past this weekend’s matches against Hobart and Navy.

“We plan on taking our matches against both Hobart and Navy very seriously and prepare for Nationals one day at a time,” Porter summarized.

Archived article by Amy Sharenko