Since students left for winter break, the men’s and women’s squash teams have played five matches, including three against Ivy League opponents. The men’s team went 1-4 over the break, winning against Brown and taking losses from Yale, Trinity, Columbia and St. Lawrence. Though the losses to Ivy League opponents were tough, the match against Trinity was the real test of the break. Trinity is currently ranked No.
By OLIVIA MATTYASOVSZKY
In the first regular season matches of the year, the men’s squash team proved its worthiness of its No. 12 ranking. Cornell handily beat Middlebury and Williams over the weekend, both by a score of 8-1. Middlebury and Williams are ranked 17th and 15th in the nation, respectively. Despite the dominant performances, the team still sees areas that they to focus on going forward.
The men’s and women’s squash teams concluded their season this past weekend at the CSA Individual Championships, hosted by Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Cornell had a total of eleven representatives — the most qualifying players the Red has had in recent history — comprising of six men and five women. The men’s team enjoyed moderate success, with four players picking up wins against some of the top squash competitors in the country. On the women’s side, senior co-captain Alex Cornett capped off her collegiate squash career with an impressive victory in the Holleran Cup’s second consolation round finals.
The men’s and women’s squash teams enjoyed an incredibly successful weekend, winning a combined five matches to sweep the Cornell Invitational. The three-day competition featured nail-biters, upsets and blowouts, starting with the men’s 9-0 drubbing of Amherst on Friday afternoon at the Belkin International Squash Courts. Eight Cornell players shutout their opponents, 3-0. Sophomore Will Hartigan, who moved up to play in the No. 1 position, allowed just one point in the third game. In addition, sophomore Pat Brady and junior Chris Vernick, who played at the No. 7 and No. 8 positions, respectively, did not surrender a single point to their competitors through three games. [img_assist|nid=34437|title=Backhanded compliment|desc=Junior Steven Peever competes against Dartmouth on Jan.
The men’s and women’s squash teams each hosted highly-regarded conference foe Yale over the weekend. While both sides saw some encouraging results, especially from the Red’s underclassmen, the Bulldogs came out on top on Saturday.
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The men’s squad (6-2, 2-2 Ivy) opened the day of competition by blanking Western Ontario Saturday morning, 9-0. The Red, however, was not so fortunate against its Ivy competition later in the afternoon — dropping a tough 5-4 decision to visiting Yale.
The men’s and women’s squash teams will host a formidable Ivy opponent this weekend, one that is similar to the Red in several ways — Harvard.
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Kicking off a strong season in which the men’s team defeated this Ancient Eight rival for the first time in school history, the Red will look to accomplish that same feat again when it faces the Crimson on Saturday at home.
Cornell (2-1) couldn’t have started off this fall on a higher note: blanking Franklin and Marshall 9-0 on Nov. 21 before shutting down then-ranked No. 7 Penn the next day 8-1.
With several key underclassmen to bolster the men’s and women’s squash teams, both squads are looking to vault into the nation’s top level of competition this year after solid performances last season.
The men’s squash team opened up its fall season on a high note, winning four of its first five matches — including three Ivy victories — exciting the squad about its chances for the season. Next week marks the Red’s first home match, where it will face Harvard, whom Cornell narrowly beat 5-4 on Nov. 8 — a win that marked the first time in team history that Cornell had defeated Harvard.