PHILADELPHIA - Men's squash looks to be heading into another tight match this weekend as No. 10 Williams (2-2) comes to the Ringe Squash Courts on Saturday. This match comes on the heels of the Quakers' 5-4 victory over Navy in which the Quakers (2-1) needed to pull out the last four matches of the evening to come away with the victory. The meeting with Williams will get underway at 11 a.m. and be played at the same time as the women's match.
In that narrow 5-4 win, Dan Greenberg pulled out a five-game victory at No. 3 in the decisive match. His match helped Penn overcome an early 4-1 deficit to Navy as the Quakers rallied for the win with victories from each of their top-five players.
At the top of the ladder, senior captains Thomas Mattsson and Trevor McGuinness each bring 2-1 records into play this weekend. Mattsson picked up a three-game victory in his first match and won in four games against Navy. McGuinness' two victories have each come in four-game wins at No. 2.
Greenberg has played No. 3 in each of his first three matches this season and is also off to a 2-1 start. After a 3-0 win over Drexel, each of his last two matches have gone the full five games. Despite dropping a tough five-game match against Princeton, Greenberg bounced back and took the five-game match against Navy to seal the team victory.
Since making his debut in the second match of the season, Daniel Judd has gone 1-1, including a five-game win against Navy. To pick up his first win of the season, Judd rallied from down 2-1, taking the last two games. Fellow sophomore Derek Chilvers is the fourth member of the team to start the season 2-1. He has played No. 5 in each of the last two matches and both of his wins have come in the minimum three games.
John Dudzik, Justin Ang and Hunter Schlacks each have one win on the season. Dudzik has played No. 6 in each of the last two matches, while Ang moved back into the No. 7 slot on the ladder with Michael Mutscheller missing the match against Navy. Schlacks has played No. 9 in both the Princeton and Navy matches.
Making his freshman debut at No. 8 for the Quakers in the match against Navy was Jack Maine. With Maine entering the top-nine the last time out, Penn has now had 11 players play a match inside the top-nine. On top of the two seniors and one junior, four sophomores and four freshmen have each played a match in the top-nine.
At the top of the ladder for Williams, Will Morris is 1-2, but coming off a win against Navy's Andrew McGuinness in four games. Last season, Mattsson and Morris played a five-game match with Morris coming up with the eventual win. Kevin Chen (No. 2), Alexander Greaves-Tunnell (No. 5), Andrew Maruca (No. 6), and Christopher Wilkinson (No. 7) all bring in 2-2 records for the visitors.
The match last season between the two schools was a 5-4 victory in favor of the Quakers. Just two of those nine matches last season were decided in three games with Penn's Greenberg and Judd picking up those victories. Four of the matches went five games a year ago.
After hosting Williams, Penn will break for the winter and return to the courts in 2012. When the Quakers come back from the break they will make the Ivy League trip north to take on Harvard and Dartmouth on January 14 and 15.