CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Coming into this weekend at the Team Championships, the Penn men's squash team was hoping to avoid the consolation bracket. But after falling to Yale Friday, 7-2, the Quakers made the most of their position and dominated Dartmouth on Saturday, winning 9-0 to advance to the consolation final where they will take on Western Ontario tomorrow.
Senior co-captain Ryan Rayfield got the Quakers off to a strong start at No. 9 as he handily defeated his opponent, 9-0, 9-1, 9-2. Joey Raho did much the same at No. 6, winning 9-2, 9-4, 9-2. At No. 3, Mark Froot gave the Quakers a commanding early lead when he finished the sweep of the first flight with a 9-6, 9-1, 9-0 victory.
After James Clark finished off a 9-4, 9-5, 9-2 victory at No. 5, Parker Justi clinched the match for Penn with his 9-2, 9-5, 10-8 decision.
At No. 2, Spencer Kurn was engaged in the first real test of the day for the Quakers. After winning the first game 9-4, Kurn dropped the second game in a hard-fought 10-8 decision. A 9-6 win in the third game gave him a 2-1 advantage, but a 9-5 loss in the fourth game forced a fifth and decisive game. Kurn refocusd and kept the shutout intact with a 9-5 victory.
At No. 4, Porter Drake claimed a 3-1 victory, 9-6, 9-0, 4-9, 10-8. Meanwhile, Andrew Zimmerman kept the Quakers perfect when he took a 9-7, 4-9, 9-3, 9-7 decision at No. 7. The shutout came down to senior co-captain Lee Rosen, playing at No. 1.
Rosen jumped out to a strong start, winning the first two games 9-3, 9-6. After dropping the third game 9-3, it looked as if Rosen would be able to get the job done in the fourth game, but his opponent persevered and claimed a 9-7 victory. It came down to the fifth game, where Rosen left no doubt, winning 9-5 to give the Quakers a convincing 9-0 triumph in the overall match.
The Quakers now will face Western Ontario tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 to decide fifth place.