February 4, 2012

No. 1 Bulldogs Hit the Road for Showdowns with No. 3 Tigers, No. 10 Quakers

If last weekend's 7-2 win over No. 13 Navy was any indication, the Yale men's squash team wants to hold on to its place at the top of the Dunlop Men's College Squash Rankings for a very long time. But with a number of tough matches and the CSA Team Championships looming, the Bulldogs have their work cut out for them if they hope to finish the season at that spot. The first major test will be this weekend's grueling trip to No. 3 Princeton and No. 10 Penn.

Yale turned in a characteristically strong showing against the Midshipmen on Senior Day in Annapolis, with one of just two blemishes on the ladder coming when junior Hywel Robinson had to withdraw from his No. 2 match with injury. His classmates Kenneth Chan at No. 1 and Ricky Dodd at No. 3 were strong, as always, and seniors John Roberts, Ryan Down and Robby Berner continued their strong, clutch play with wins in their matches, as well. 

That the Elis are led by that experienced group of upperclassmen will be crucial to dealing with the upcoming run of four-straight Ivy League matchups, including three on the road. Last season, the Bulldogs disposed of the Tigers 9-0 and 7-2 in their two matchups, while sweeping the Quakers 9-0. But Princeton has held steady at No. 3 in the national poll all season, and will be one of the Bulldogs' toughest speedbumps on their road to a national championship. 

The action gets underway at 1 p.m. Saturday at Princeton and the same time Sunday in Philadelphia. 

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity. 

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