After Two Months Away, Squash Teams Finally Return Home For Key Ivy Weekend
It was late November when both the Princeton men's and women's squash teams recorded matching 9-0 wins over Williams College at the Jadwin Squash Courts. After a brutal two-month road trip against some of the top teams in the nation, the Tigers will return home looking to get back on track in the Ivy League.
Both matches will be streamed live via the Ivy League Digital Network (use the link above). On Saturday, both teams will host Brown (women at 11, men at 1) and use a two-shift format. All five courts will be shown for both dual matches.
On Sunday, both teams will host Yale simultaneously, starting at noon. The men will play on Courts 1-3, while the women will play on Courts 4-6. The first five courts are set for video streaming. The Princeton women will also play Stanford Sunday at 3 pm, and that match is also scheduled to be streamed.
The fourth-ranked Tiger women (5-2, 1-2) will take on No. 10 Brown Saturday at 11, and then will host No. 5 Yale (noon) and No. 7 Stanford (3 pm) on Sunday. The Tigers have been led by freshman Maria Elena Ubina at the No. 1 spot, though the hottest player on the team right now is junior Hallie Dewey. The Tiger No. 6 player is undefeated this season, and she is the only member of the team to win her individual matches against both No. 1 Harvard and No. 3 Penn.
The sophomore duo of Rachel Leizman and Tara Harrington also both won against Penn Wednesday night. Leizman, who will be part of the final shift against Yale, had a key win in the Tigers' 5-4 road win at Yale last season. Her 3-0 victory over Lilly Fast helped keep the Tigers unbeaten, and they would go on to win an outright Ivy League title.
Princeton likely fell out of the Ivy League title race with the loss at Penn Wednesday, but all eyes remain on the Howe Cup national team championships in three weeks. Those return to the Jadwin Squash Courts, site of Princeton's 2008 title victory, and every team win along the way will help the Tigers earn the best seed possible for that three-day showdown.
The Princeton men are coming off a hard-fought 6-3 loss at the top-ranked Trinity Bantams. Though injuries have caused havoc on the Tigers' season, head coach Sean Wilkinson was able to watch his top three (Samuel Kang, Tyler Osborne and Dylan Ward) post their best performances of the season in wins at Trinity.
While the women are trying to at least maintain their No. 4 ranking this weekend, the men have an opportunity to make a big jump with an upset Sunday. After their match with the 19th-ranked Brown Bears Saturday, the Tigers take on No. 3 Yale. Princeton earned a 6-3 road win in New Haven last season, and they can create some havoc in the next rankings with a repeat performance.