NEW HAVEN, Conn. —After a monthlong winter break, the No. 3-ranked Yale men's squash team (2-0, 0-0 Ivy) will be back in action Wednesday. The Bulldogs will travel to Pennsylvania to face No. 6 Franklin and Marshall and, later that same day, No. 15 Drexel. Finally, Yale will round out the week and open the Ivy season with home matches Saturday and Sunday against No. 11 Columbia and No. 8 Cornell.
Yale, which took second place at the Ivy League scrimmages this fall, made quick work of No. 22 Amherst and No. 18 Williams on its first road trip of the season, where freshmen Kah Wah Cheong and Thomas Dembinski each took spots at the top of the lineup. The Bulldogs will see their first real challenge against Franklin and Marshall.
Franklin and Marshall has gotten off to a strong start this season; the Diplomats are 3-0, with a notable upset of then-No. 3 Princeton on Nov. 22. The team also has wins over Drexel and No. 10 Dartmouth. When the Bulldogs and the Diplomats met last season, Yale came away with a 9-0 win.
Yale's second opponent of the day Wednesday, Drexel, has had an active but challenging season so far. The Dragons are 3-5, with losses against four top-10 programs —No. 2 Harvard, No. 6 Franklin and Marshall, No. 7 Princeton and No. 8 Cornell. The Dragons will take on the nation's top team, Trinity, after their match against Yale.
After Wednesday's road trip, the Bulldogs will return to New Haven to open their Ivy League season. Columbia, Yale's Saturday opponent, is 1-1 on the season, with a win against No. 20 George Washington and a loss to Cornell. The Lions' lineup is headed by brothers Ramit and Rishi Tandon of India.
The Bulldogs will close out the weekend with a match against Cornell at home. The match should serve as an early indication of where the two teams stand in the Ivy League, as the Bulldogs and the Big Red tied for third in the conference last season. Cornell is currently 3-0 and will face No. 17 Brown Saturday before traveling to New Haven.
Yale's Wednesday matches against Franklin and Marshall and Drexel are at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. The Bulldogs will host Columbia at 12 p.m. Saturday and Cornell at 12 p.m. Sunday.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity