HARTFORD, Conn. - The final score may not indicate this, but men's squash continues to close the gap with the top-tier teams as it continues its pursuit of a top-eight ranking. Although the Quakers fell 8-1 Sunday afternoon at Trinity, the team continues to show signs of turning the corner.
Dan Greenberg's win at No. 2 was Penn's first individual win over the Bantams since the 2004 match between the two schools. It is also just the second individual win for Penn since the 1997 season. In addition, Penn took at least one game in six of the top-nine matches and forced fifth games in two of those, including the match that Greenberg won.
In his match at No. 2, Greenberg took a lead after the first game with an 11-5 victory, but his opponent tied the match after two. Penn's junior took a 2-1 lead after an 11-7 win in the third game and was on the verge of clinching his match in four games, before his opponent won the tiebreak, 15-13. In the decisive game, Greenberg would again find himself locked in a tiebreak, but this time it was his turn to take down the game, winning 12-10, and clinching the No. 2 match for Penn's lone win.
Greenberg's match was in the second wave to hit the courts. Right out of the gates, Jack Maine jumped up 2-0 early in his match at No. 9 with a pair of tiebreak wins, 12-10 and 16-14. However, his opponent ran off three straight games to complete the come-from-behind victory.
Sophomore Derek Chilvers also picked up a game after finding himself down 2-0. In the 2-0 hole, Chilvers took the third game, 11-5, but his opponent closed with an 11-3 win at No. 6. At No. 3, Daniel Judd picked up 14 total points, but could not string together enough to win a game.
In addition to the No. 2 match that was also being played at the time, John Dudzik won the third game of his match at No. 5 after dropping the first two games. This included forcing a tiebreak along the way in the first game. Dudzik won the third game, 11-9, before his opponent closed with the 11-6 fourth game win. At No. 8, Michael Mutscheller dropped a tough 11-8 first game and forced a tiebreak in the second game. However, his opponent would go on to win in three games.
At No. 7, Justin Ang went down in three games, giving Trinity its sixth win of the afternoon. With the team score already decided against them, Penn's senior co-captains put up their best fights regardless. Trevor McGuinness (No. 4) dropped a hard-fought tiebreak in the first game, but rebounded with an 11-9 win in the second to tie his match at one-all. However, his opponent would take the third and fourth to claim victory at No. 4.
Thomas Mattsson also dropped a 13-11 tiebreak in his first game at No. 1. The second game would also be a tightly contested affair, but Mattsson again came up just short, 11-8. In the third game, Mattsson would finally breakthrough in another closely contested game, 11-9, closing the gap to 2-1. Penn's No. 1 would also force a tiebreak in the fourth and final game, before falling 12-10.
With the non-conference schedule behind them for the regular season, Penn will turn its attention back to Ivy League play next weekend. Next Saturday, Brown will make the trip to the Ringe Squash Courts. Yale will then compete against the Quakers in the second match of the Ivy weekend on Sunday.
Trinity 8, Penn 1
No. 1: Miled Zarazua (T) def. Thomas Mattsson (P) (3-1), 13-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10
No. 2: Dan Greenberg (P) def. Johan Detter (T) (3-2), 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 13-15, 12-10
No. 3: Reinhold Hergeth (T) def. Daniel Judd (P) (3-0), 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
No. 4: Vishrab Kotian (T) def. Trevor McGuinness (P) (3-1), 13-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4
No. 5: Juan Flores (T) def. John Dudzik (P) (3-1), 12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6
No. 6: Matthew Mackin (T) def. Derek Chilvers (P) (3-1), 11-8, 11-3, 5-11, 11-3
No. 7: Moustafa Hamada (T) def. Justin Ang (P) (3-0), 11-1, 11-6, 11-2
No. 8: Elroy Leong (T) def. Michael Mutscheller (P) (3-0), 11-8, 12-10, 11-3
No. 9: Juan Lopez (T) def. Jack Maine (P) (3-2), 10-12, 14-16, 11-1, 11-8, 11-9
No. 10: John Lamont (T) def. Oscar Mattsson (P) (3-0), 11-7, 11-8, 11-4