PHILADELPHIA – The upcoming week for the University of Pennsylvania men’s squash team is a pivotal one, as the Quakers face challenging Ivy League matches on the road against No. 8 Princeton, No. 4 Yale, and No. 13 Brown.
Ranked 10th in the current College Squash Association poll, Penn (6-3, 1-1 Ivy) is looking to gain positioning not only in the Ivy standings, but CSA rankings.
The Quakers will play at Princeton (3-4, 1-1 Ivy) on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The start time of the match is one hour earlier, than previously noted and will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network (pay).
On Saturday Penn will travel to play Yale (6-3, 1-1 Ivy), with the match beginning at 12 p.m., followed by a match on Sunday at Brown (4-2, 0-2 Ivy) beginning at 11 a.m.
SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers have picked up three wins thus far, all at home, coming against Franklin & Marshall, Drexel, and fellow Ivy Dartmouth. Losses have come against Navy, Rochester, St. Lawrence, and Harvard. In matches versus common opponents both Penn and Princeton have defeated Drexel and Dartmouth, and lost to Harvard, while Penn lost to Franklin & Marshall but defeated Navy. The Tigers are led by seniors Samuel Kang and Tyler Osborne playing in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.
THE SERIES WITH PRINCETON: Penn trails the series with its Ivy rival, 12-81, and the Quakers are 4-42 in road matches. In last year’s matchup, Penn won its first matchup over the Tigers in 40 years…
REMEMBERING A HISTORIC WIN: Last season, for the first time in Penn squash history, both the men’s and women’s teams defeated Princeton in the same year. The men’s team was able to break a losing streak against Princeton that dated back 40 years and 45 matches. It was February of 1974, the last time the Penn men defeated the Tigers, also at home, by the score of 5-4. In 2014, Penn’s depth led to a 7-2 victory over Princeton. Winning individual matches a season ago were – Augie Frank, Rahil Fazelbhoy, Michael Mutscheller, George Lemmon, Jack Maine, and Benton Turner, along with senior John Dudzik.
TWO IN A ROW VS. TIGERS?: The last time the Penn men took two matches in a row from Princeton dates back to 1973 and 1974. In those years, the Red and Blue won, 5-4, and were the last two victories of a nine match winning streak in the series. The 1974 match was also the last Quaker win before last year’s victory.
SCOUTING YALE: The Bulldogs have just three losses this season, falling to the only three teams ahead of them in the CSA rankings – St. Lawrence, Trinity, and Columbia. Yale’s wins over common opponents have come against Franklin & Marshall and Navy, with a notable win over Rochester. At the top of the ladder for the Bulldogs are sophomore Thomas Dembinski and junior Sam Fenwick.
THE SERIES WITH YALE: Penn trails the overall series with Yale, 22-55, and is 10-29 in New Haven, Conn. The last Quaker victory in the series came at Yale in 2006, a 6-3 decision in favor of the Red and Blue. Last season, the Bulldogs defeated Penn 9-0.
SCOUTING BROWN: The Bears have played just six matches thus far in 2014-15, but will have played nine before facing Penn on Sunday. Brown is scheduled to play at Amherst and Williams midweek, before facing Princeton Saturday, and the Quaker on Sunday. The Bears have wins against Wesleyan and George Washington, and wins over common opponents Colby and Bowdoin. Brown’s only two losses have come against Ivy opponents, Cornell and Columbia. The team is led by junior Jack Blasberg and and sophomore Alex Baldock at the top of its ladder.
THE SERIES WITH BROWN: Penn leads the overall series with Brown, 28-1. The Quakers are 12-0 on the road versus the Bears. Last season, the Red and Blue took down Brown at home, 8-1.