PHILADELPHIA - After an up and down season, the men's squash team will be looking to end the team portion of the schedule on a positive note when Quakers head to the Hoehn Cup this weekend. The Hoehn Cup is the "B" Division of the team championships and will feature the ninth through 16th ranked teams in the College Squash Association. The Quakers come in as the 10th ranked team overall and second-highest ranked team in this division. The only team ranked above them that the Quakers could face this weekend would be Western Ontario, who is ranked ninth. The Quakers and Western Ontario could not meet until the final day of competition.
Penn has gone up against four teams that will be competing in the Hoehn Cup this weekend. The Quakers are a combined 4-0 in these matches. Penn's opening round will be a rematch against No. 15 Bates, a team the Quakers defeated 9-0 back in the beginning of December. In that December meeting, seven of the Quaker's nine wins came in three game sweeps.
Should the seeds hold in the bottom half of the bracket and the higher ranked teams advance, Penn would face another rematch against No. 11 Williams. Williams faces No. 14 Middlebury in the opening round. The Quakers defeated Williams 5-4 on January 15. This match was one of the most competitive on the season. Aside from the 5-4 team score, only two matches ended in 3-0 sweeps and four of the matches went to a fifth-game tiebreak.
The other two teams in the Hoehn Cup that Penn has faced this season are No. 12 Brown, who Penn defeated 7-2, and No. 16 Navy, who Penn defeated 9-0. Both these teams are in the top-half of the bracket and Penn could not see them until Sunday.
Individually, Penn had two players who finished the season inside the top nine with winning records. Trevor McGuinness capped the regular season with a 6-5 record. He split time between number five and six, although he did play as high as number four during the year. Freshman Daniel Judd finished the year with an overall record of 6-4, including a 3-3 mark playing inside of the top nine. Judd began the season outside of the top nine, but forced his way into the ladder and has climbed all the way up to number seven late in the season. Fellow freshman John Dudzik finished his regular season with a 6-6 record, including a 5-4 mark at number eight.
Penn will come into the Hoehn Cup as the defending champions of this event. The team will begin play in Belmont Hill, Massachusetts at 11 a.m. If Penn wins, it will advance to the semi-finals, hosted by Harvard, on Saturday at Noon. A Penn loss would also have them playing on Harvard's courts, but the team would play a consolation match at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
In the top half of the bracket, the favorites coming into the tournament, Western Ontario open up with No. 16 Navy. In the other quarterfinal, No. 12 Brown will take on No. 13 Saint Lawrence.
The College Squash Association will be providing live updates throughout the tournament at every level. Penn Athletics will also be providing a full day recap at the end of every Quaker match.