ITHACA, N.Y. -What started off as a monumental season for the University of Pennsylvania men's squash team, has taken a turn for the worse as the Quakers lost their final three matches, including the season finale to Cornell on Sunday Afternoon.
Penn came into the week as the No. 3 team in the CSA rankings, but after three straight losses to lower ranked opponents, the Red and Blue will have to play the waiting game to see if its achievements before winter break will be enough to qualify them for the Potter Cup.
All three losses have come by narrow margins, with Sunday's result going to the Big Red, 5-4. Previously, Penn lost to Yale, 6-3 and Columbia, 5-4.
The top of the ladder was strong for the Quakers against Cornell, with the one, three, and four players all picking up wins.
Marwan Mahmoud lost his first game, but came back to win the next three, including a dominant 11-4 win in the fourth.
Karim Hussein earned a four-game win as well, winning the final two games of his match. It didn't come easy for the Egyptian, who won his three games by scores of 11-9, 11-8, and 11-8.
Much like Mahmoud, Derek Hsue fell in his first game, but came back to win his next three, growing stronger and stronger as the match went on. Hsue won 11-9, 11-6, and 11-3.
Max Reed was the final Quaker to earn a point on Sunday. Reed followed the model laid out by Mahmoud and Hsue, by losing the first game and winning the final three. Reed (No. 6) was the only player on the bottom half of the ladder to pick up a point for Penn.
The Quakers will wait and see what their fate is for postseason play. The CSA Team Championships will be held in New Haven, Conn. in two weeks.