PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s squash teams will open up their 2013-14 seasons this weekend setting their sights on successful seasons and improving upon 2012-13.
The Quakers men’s team begins their campaign Saturday at 3 p.m., taking on No. 11 Williams College (3-2) at home. Penn will then host No. 19 George Washington (3-0) on Sunday, again at 3 p.m.
The women’s team hosts three matches to begin the new season. Penn will take on No. 13 Williams (4-0) on Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by two matches on Sunday, against No. 7 Stanford (0-0) at noon and No. 14 George Washington (1-0) at 3 p.m.
Jack Wyant, head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams, is looking forward to the 2013-14 campaign.
“This should be a very exciting season for our program. Both squads have an opportunity to improve upon last year's record and final season ranking,” says Wyant. “This opening weekend is a great test for both teams. We are looking forward to good support at the five matches.”
The men’s team aims to improve upon a 2012-13 season that ended with a 5-12 record and a loss in the consolation finals of the Hoehn Cup. The Quakers will have to do so against a schedule that features 13 matches, and only one opponent ranked outside the College Squash Association’s preseason top 20 rankings. Ranked 14th, the men will host eight home matches at Ringe Courts, including the CSA Individual Championships at the end of the season.
The Quakers will be led by their captains, senior John Dudzik and junior Jack Maine, and look to get significant contributions from sophomores Tyler Odell and Augie Frank. Odell is the top returning Penn men’s player from 2012-13, with an individual record of 11-6.
The women’s team enters 2013-14 with high aspirations after finishing 14-3 overall and third in the Ivy League and the Howe Cup a year ago. The Quakers start the season ranked third in the CSA preseason rankings. Every opponent the Quakers will face begin the season ranked inside the top 20. The Penn women will host nine home matches and the CSA Individual Championships, while traveling on the road four times during the season.
Penn is looking for strong seasons from sophomore Yan Xin Tan and senior captains Chloe Blacker and Courtney Jones. Tan earned CSA first-team All-American in her freshman season, sporting a record of 14-4 playing in the top two positions for the Quakers. Blacker compiled an 18-2 record a season ago, while Jones finished at 8-3.