Men's Squash Starts Season Ranked No. 9

Men's Squash Preseason Poll

PHILADELPHIA - After maintaining the No. 10 ranking from start to finish in the 2010-11 season, men's squash will start the 2011-12 campaign at No. 9 in the preseason rankings. The Quakers went 6-9 last season and finished sixth place in the Ivy League. They also won two matches at the Hoehn Cup and advanced to the finals of that tournament before falling to Western Ontario.

The Quakers will have the opportunity to improve on their ranking as they play eight of the other nine schools that are ranked in the preseason top-10. After some early tests against comparably ranked teams, Penn completes the regular season with seven of its last eight matches against teams in the preseason top-10.

Men's squash returns its No. 1 and No. 2 players from last season. Thomas Mattsson enters his fourth year as the No. 1 player, while Dan Greenberg is entering his third year as the primary No. 2 and has previously played as the No. 1. Trevor McGuinness, who finished last season playing No. 6, but was as high as No. 4 throughout the year is also back after going a team-best 12-7 last season. Three sophomores, Daniel Judd (7-6 overall), John Dudzik (8-7), and Justin Ang (7-8) each return with one more year of experience after solid freshman seasons. The Quakers also brought in six freshmen on the men's side to help fill in the gaps left by the No. 3, 4, and 5 players from last season graduating.

After taking part in the Ivy League scrimmages that will feature seven teams in the top-13 nationally, men's squash will open the season Wednesday, November 30 against Drexel. The Quakers first home match of the season will also serve as the Ivy League opener when No. 3 Princeton comes to the Ringe Squash Courts on Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m. The complete preseason rankings for men's squash are available on the College Squash Association's website.