PHILADELPHIA - Men's squash has qualified two players for the CSA Individual championships that will begin this weekend. Senior Thomas Mattsson and junior Dan Greenberg, the Quakers' top-two players, both earned bids to compete amongst the best in college squash. The individual championships will run from this Friday through Sunday at Amherst College.
Mattsson will represent the Quakers in the Pool Division, which is comprised of the top-32 players in the nation. This is the first time Penn has sent somebody into the top draw since Mattsson qualified for this tournament as a freshman. He enters the weekend as the 12th-ranked player in the draw.Playing exclusively at No. 1 for Penn this season, he compiled a record of 8-7.
He finds himself paired against No. 21 Kelly Shannon of Princeton in the first round. Shannon, also a senior, did not play in the match against Penn back in December, but finished his season as No. 4 on the Princeton ladder at the Potter Cup. Their match will get underway Friday at 11:30 a.m. Mattsson will play one additional match on Friday against either No. 5 Christopher Hanson of Dartmouth or George Washington's Islam El-Fikey.
In his only time competing in the Pool Division, Mattsson opened up the draw with a victory and the Round of 32, but was forced to retire after his next match.
Greenberg will be competing in the Molloy Division, which is comprised of the next 48 players in the country. He finished the season with a 7-7 record, but closed strong, finishing with three straight wins at the Hoehn Cup as the No. 2 player on the ladder. He fills the slot of the seventh overall seed in the Molloy Division and will receive a first round bye.
With the bye, he will go up against either Martin Prentice (Denison) or Oscar Lopez (Rochester) in the second round Friday evening. The Quakers did not compete against either of these schools this season. Last year, Lopez was defeated by Daniel Judd during the regular season in five games. Lopez played No. 7 at the Potter Cup for Rochester. Prentice played in the top position for the team that finished 36th in the country. That second round match will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Live updates of the tournament's action will be available throughout the weekend through the College Squash Association. Full recaps of the Penn action will also be available when official scores are submitted to the College Squash Association.