NEW HAVEN, CONN. -Riding a four-game losing streak, the University of Pennsylvania men's squash team regained its form and took down Columbia, 5-4 at the CSA Team Championships. The win guarantees that Penn will improve upon last season's seventh place finish.
February 6 was the last time the Quakers felt the thrill of victory and Saturday provided a thrill that they certainly won't forget. With the score tied 4-4, it all came down to the No. 1 match between Marwan Mahmoud and last season's No. 2 overall player in the CSA Osama Khalifa. Mahmoud dropped the first game, 11-4 before earning dominant 11-2 and 11-4 wins in the next two. Khalifa bounced back in game four to tie the match, setting up one final game to decide who will head to the consolation match final.
That final game was one for the ages as Mahmoud gutted out a 17-15 victory, ending the Quakers losing streak and making a date with the Harvard Crimson in the consolations finals.
Penn's over four wins came from the bottom of the ladder, securing the six through nine spots.
James Watson earned an injury shortened win, 2-0. Watson saw little trouble in the first two games winning 11-4 and 11-2 before the match was called.
Fresh off his first postseason win, George Lemmon wasted little time in picking up win number two, cruising to a 3-0 win in the seventh position.
Playing in his penultimate game for the Quakers, senior captain Tyler Odell picked up a 3-0 victory in the eight spot. Odell will play his final match on Sunday against the Crimson.
Finally, continuing his impressive freshman campaign, Jonathan Zeitels earned a 3-0 win at nine. The win is Zeitels' 13th of the season and he's lost just twice.
Sunday's match with Harvard is set for a 9 a.m. start and will determine who finishes fifth and sixth in the CSA this season.