NEW YORK – Looking to make a statement versus the fourth-ranked team in the country, the 10th-ranked University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team fell in a hard-fought match to Columbia, 7-2, Sunday afternoon.
Picking up the two individual wins for the Quakers (8-6, 3-4 Ivy) were junior Tyler Odell and sophomore Rahil Fazelbhoy.
Playing in the first flight of matches and with Penn trailing 2-0, Odell refused to give in a fiercely competitive match, pulling through with a 3-2 victory.
Despite the gritty win by Odell, the Quakers fell behind in the second flight of matches to the Lions (12-2, 6-1 Ivy), with Fazelbhoy completing the days matches with a 3-1 victory.
With a win, the Penn men would have propelled themselves into the top-eight in the College Squash Association rankings and a berth into the top-flight Potter Cup. With the loss to Columbia and a Cornell victory over Princeton on Sunday, the Quakers will now have to wait and see how the rankings fall before knowing their playoff fate.
The CSA men’s team championships are next for Penn, no matter where it may wind up in the rankings. The men’s championships will take place Feb. 20-22 at Trinity in Hartford, Conn.