HANOVER, N.H. - It was a tale of two halves of the ladder Sunday afternoon as No. 7 Dartmouth squeaked out a 5-4 decision over upset-minded Penn. The Quakers (3-3, 0-3 Ivy) won the sixth through ninth positions on the ladder, but the Big Green (5-2, 1-2 Ivy) took each of the top-five matches to come away with the Ivy win.
Three of Penn's wins came in hard-fought five-game matches as the Quakers controlled the bottom portion of the ladder. Penn took a game in both the No. 4 and No. 5 matches, but Dartmouth was able to pull out the close games in the matches it needed them.
Playing three matches at a time, the Quakers got off to a quick 2-1 start with wins at No. 6 and No. 9. At No. 6, Derek Chilvers drop the first game 11-4 before he reversed the score on his opponent in the second. He went up 2-1 with an 11-9 win in the third game before his opponent turned the score around on him in the fourth. In the decisive fifth game, the sophomore came away with an 11-6 win to pick up his third victory of the season and first of his Ivy career.
At No. 9, freshman Jack Maine found himself down 2-0, but rallied with 11-7 and 11-6 victories in the third and fourth games to tie his match at two-all. In his decisive fifth game, Maine would take the tiebreak, 12-10, to claim his second win of the year and his first Ivy win. Dartmouth would get one match after they won No. 3. Daniel Judd played a tightly contested match and forced a tiebreak in the final game before his opponent sealed the win.
The Big Green tied the match at two-all when they took the match at No. 2. They would then take the lead momentarily after capturing the match at No. 5. In that match, John Dudzik tied the match at one-all when he turned the 11-8 score around on his opponent in the second game, but Dartmouth's No. 5 closed that match with wins in the third and fourth games.
Freshman Michael Mutscheller pulled out three tiebreak games to make the team score three-all with three matches to play. Mutscheller won the first game, 14-12, and the third game, 16-14, but his opponent took the second and fourth games to tie the individual match at two-all. With the fifth game knotted at 10-all, Mutscheller secured the next two points to capture his third win of the season.
With the score tied at three-all and both squads needing two wins to take the match, Penn sent the two co-captains and sophomore Justin Ang to the courts. At No. 1, Thomas Mattsson dropped a pair of hard-fought games, 11-9 and 14-12, to find himself in a 2-0 hole early. His opponent would end up finishing the match in the third game. At No. 4, Trevor McGuinness found himself tied at one-all after two games, splitting a pair of 11-5 decisions. His opponent would then rally in the third and fourth games to finish off the match at No. 4.
At No. 7, Ang gave Penn its only sweep of the day. The sophomore allowed just eight points in the first two games, taking each 11-4. The third game would be the toughest of the day for Ang, but eventually he would take the tiebreak, 13-11, in what was also his third win of the season.
After the tough loss to No. 7 Dartmouth, Penn will have to rebound quickly as another chance to move into the top-eight presents itself this week as No. 8 Franklin & Marshall comes to the Ringe Squash Courts this Thursday. The men's team is slated to start its match with Franklin & Marshall at 7 p.m. or immediately following the women's match.
Dartmouth 5, Penn 4
No. 1: Christopher Hanson (D) def. Thomas Mattsson (P) (3-0), 11-9, 14-12, 11-5
No. 2: Nicholas Sisodia (D) def. Dan Greenberg (D) (3-0), 11-5, 11-9, 11-3
No. 3: Luke Lee (D) def. Daniel Judd (P) (3-0), 11-7. 11-1, 12-10
No. 4: Christopher Jung (D) def. Trevor McGuinness (P) (3-1), 11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8
No. 5: Robert Maycock (D) def. John Dudzik (P) ( 3-1), 11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7
No. 6: Derek Chilvers (P) def. Stephen Wetherill (D) (3-2), 4-11, 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6
No. 7: Justin Ang (P) def. Alex Kuth (D) (3-0), 11-4, 11-4, 13-11
No. 8: Michael Mutscheller (P) def. Fletcher Pease (D) (3-2), 14-12, 8-11, 16-14, 11-5, 12-10
No. 9: Jack Maine (P) def. Brian O'Toole (D) (3-2), 9-11, 2-11, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10