January 24, 2003

Squashers Set to Play Home Season Finales

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The men’s and women’s squash teams hit the Belkin courts this weekend for their last home matches of the season. For the seniors, it will be a final chance to shine on the East Hill.

“It’s going to be bittersweet; I never thought this day would come,” said senior men’s captain Jeff Porter. “I’ll be sad to see [squash] go because it’s become such a big part of my life.”

“I’m ready to win,” said senior women’s captain Rachel Perschetz. “It’ll be nice to have a good match as my last at Cornell.”

After a match against Amherst today, the men clash with Ancient Eight rival Dartmouth tomorrow morning. In recent years, contests with the Green have been heated and arduous. The Red has already avenged last season’s loss with a victory in the preseason Ivy Scrimmages and is looking to continue the pattern of success.

“The win at Scrimmages was huge for us,” said Porter. “We want to build on that momentum this weekend; we just need to come out focused.”

Dartmouth is the weekend’s only opponent for the women, who are looking forward to the light schedule after suffering a string of injuries last week.

“Dartmouth is always an intense match for us,” said senior Becca Brier-Rosenfield. “They’re tough, and we’re going to have to play very well.”

Rounding out the weekend is the men’s tilt with another Big Red — Denison College — tomorrow night.

“They’re going to be a decent team,” said sophomore Scott Sill, who transferred from Denison last fall. “Matt [Serediak, the Cornell No. 1] will have his hands full with [Javier] Castilla.”

Castilla, Denison’s star No. 1 player, was sixth in the collegiate ranks last year and was a first-team All-American.

The women’s team travels to Annapolis next weekend to take on Navy and George Washington; the men will go south to battle the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats.

Archived article by Per Ostman