The men’s squash team heads to Princeton, N.J. this weekend hoping to improve on, or at least preserve, its No. 4 ranking at the CSA National Championships. Of the 64 teams that will be in attendance, Cornell’s inclusion within the top eight means that it will be competing in the Potter Cup “A” division against the likes of Trinity, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Rochester, Penn and Dartmouth. The Red will kick things off at noon today, against Harvard, which, according to head coach Mark Devoy, poses the biggest threat if Cornell aims to maintain its seeding or improve on it.
Having secured two Ivy League wins for the first time in head coach Julee Devoy’s tenure, the women’s squash team heads to Cambridge, Mass., this weekend hoping to make some noise at the CSA National Championships. The team’s initial seeding at the tournament was based on its record during the regular season. Thus, the Red’s 9-4 overall record has secured it a No. 6 seeding –– placing the team in the same draw as Princeton, Trinity, Penn, Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Williams. Cornell’s inclusion within the top-8 means that it will be competing in the Howe Cup A division for the first time under Devoy.
History was not to be made this past weekend, as the men’s squash team fell to No. 1-ranked Trinity, 0-9, on Saturday afternoon at the Belkin International Squash Courts. The Bantams extended their win streak to 198 consecutive matches –– the nation’s longest active winning streak in any intercollegiate varsity sport. The Red was, however, able to close out its regular season on a high note, shutting out both Brown and Hobart, 9-0. Cornell stands at 12-3 on the season, with a 4-2 record in the Ivy League.
This weekend, the men’s and women’s squash teams will aim to duplicate the dominant showing they had at the Cornell Invitational two weeks ago. The men (10-2, 3-2 Ivy) kick things off at 3 p.m. on Saturday against No. 1 ranked Trinity, which is looking to preserve its 194-match win streak –– the nation’s longest active winning streak in any intercollegiate varsity sport.
Both the men’s and women’s squash teams took to the court against Ivy League foes this weekend in a tournament formally known as the Ivy Scrimmages. Both teams came out of the weekend with strong showings as they prepare for the upcoming regular season.
The men’s team, with a starting lineup dominated by freshman and sophomores made history beating Harvard for the first time in 47 years.
“For the first time ever they beat Harvard,” said men’s head coach Mark DeVoy. “First time in 47 years. That’s a pretty big deal…no one has ever put Harvard in the back drawer of a tournament before and we just did it.”
Though it was just a scrimmage, it was apparent that DeVoy couldn’t have been more impressed by the way his team competed.