PHILADELPHIA – Facing its first Ivy League test, the No. 11 University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team set the tone for its upcoming stretch of matches, upending eighth-ranked Dartmouth 7-2 Saturday afternoon inside the Ringe Squash Courts.
After a disappointing defeat to Franklin & Marshall heading into winter break, followed up by a once in a lifetime and productive training trip to London, the Quakers (5-1, 1-0 Ivy) earned a hard-fought victory over Dartmouth (1-3, 0-2 Ivy).
Four individual matches went into five sets, with all but one going the Red and Blue’s way. Winning those three matches were junior Augie Frank, and freshmen Derek Hsue and James Watson, while freshman Hayes Murphy fell just short.
Critical matches played by Watson and Frank helped seal the victory for Penn.
Watson, down 2-1, rallied to win two straight back-and-forth games and pick up the point for the Red and Blue. Shortly after on the court next to Watson, Frank clinched the victory for Penn, earning his own 3-2 victory.
Also picking up individual wins were freshman Marwan Mahmoud in the No. 1 position, juniors Liam Quinn and Tyler Odell in the No. 5 and No. 8 positions, and sophomore George Lemmon in the No. 9 position.
Penn will not have long to celebrate the victory over Dartmouth, as the Quakers face a quick turnaround, hosting No. 5 Harvard Sunday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m.