PRINCETON, N.J. - Men's squash opened up the College Squash Association team championships with an 8-1 win against Bates to move into the semifinals of the Hoehn Cup Friday morning. Penn picked up straight-game wins in five of its eight victories on the day. The Quakers will now take on No. 12 St. Lawrence, who won a tight 5-4 match to open its team championships. Penn's semifinal match will get underway at noon tomorrow.
The Quakers would jump up early on Bates and never look back in this one. Jack Maine got the Quakers off to a quick start with his three-game win in the No. 9 position. After playing a pair of hard-fought games to 11-9 and 11-8 victories in the first and second games, he then closed with a dominating 11-1 third game win.
Daniel Judd added another three-game win for Penn at No. 3. After taking a tiebreak in the first game, 12-10, Judd allowed just four points in the second game and closed with an 11-9 win in the third. Derek Chilvers gave Penn a clean sweep in the first three matches with his four-game win. The sophomore used three 11-9 wins in the first, third, and fourth games for his victory at No. 6.
Dan Greenberg then put the Quakers on the brink of victory with his win at No. 2. He took a tiebreak in the first game, 12-10, but allowed just 11 points in the next two games on his way to winning in three. Michael Mutscheller then sealed the team's victory with a four-game win at No. 8. After splitting a pair of 11-9 games to start, the freshman took 11-8 and 11-7 wins in the third and fourth to seal the Quakers' spot in the semifinals.
Bates would get its first win shortly after that at No. 5. John Dudzik jumped out to a one game lead after taking a tiebreak in the first game, but his opponent took the second game and pulled out the third and fourth games with 11-9 and 11-8 wins for Bates' only victory of the day. Thomas Mattsson got back to his winning ways at No. 1 with the match in hand. Mattsson allowed just seven points in the first two games and closed his 3-0 win with an 11-6 third game.
Fellow senior Trevor McGuinness added Penn's final sweep of the day at No. 4. He used 12-10 tiebreak wins in the first and third, along with an 11-3 win in the second for his individual win. Justin Ang then closed the match with his five-game win at No. 7. Ang found himself down 2-0 after dropping 11-9 and 11-8 games to start. However, he would turn his match around in a big way, winning 11-6, 11-5, and 11-4 in the final three games to come all the way back in his match.
In other action inside the Hoehn Cup, there was an early upset as No. 14 Columbia knocked off No. 11 Navy in one of the early matches, 5-4. The Lions will now take on a Williams squad that opened up its team championships with a 7-2 win over Brown.
Overall, Ivy League schools will comprise five of the eight semifinalists in the top-two tiers of the team championships, including two in the Hoehn Cup. Two of the Ivy League losses came to fellow Ivy League schools.
Penn 8, Bates 1
No. 1: Thomas Mattsson (P) def. Robert Burns (B) (3-0),
11-3, 11-4, 11-6
No. 2: Dan Greenberg (P) def. R. J. Keating (B) (3-0), 12-10, 11-4, 11-7
No. 3: Daniel Judd (P) def. Eric Bedell (B) (3-0), 12-10, 11-4, 11-9
No. 4: Trevor McGuinness (P) def. Andy Cannon (B) (3-0), 12-10, 11-3, 12-10
No. 5: Walter Cabot (B) def. John Dudzik (P) (3-1), 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8
No. 6: Derek Chilvers (P) def. David Born (B) (3-1), 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9
No. 7: Justin Ang (P) def. Nabil Saleem (B) (3-2), 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
No. 8: Michael Mutscheller (P) def. Jason Shrubb (B) (3-1), 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7
No. 9: Jack Maine (P) def. William Fearnley (B) (3-0), 11-9, 11-8, 11-1
No. 10: Oscar Mattsson (P) def. James Mulholland (B) (3-0), 11-4, 11-3, 11-4