One to go.
The men’s squash team defeated Brown, 6–3, on Saturday, putting them only one win away from an Ivy League championship.
“For the most part, we played well but it certainly wasn’t our strongest showing,” Sharyar Aziz ’10 said. “We could have played better, but a win is a win. We still went up there and came back successful and that is something to be proud of.”
The Bulldogs (11–1, 5–0 Ivy) won the top six matches. At No. 1, captain Todd Ruth ’10 swept Brown’s Brad Thompson, 11–8, 11–6 and 11–7. Hywel Robinson ’13, who is having an impressive rookie season with eight wins so far, also swept his opponent in three games at No. 2.
“The top six specifically, played extremely strong squash and took care of business,” Aziz said. “It’s the same consistent, strong, smart squash they’ve been playing all season.”
John Fulham ’11 dominated Eamon O’Connor at the No. 6 position, allowing a total of only five match balls against him and winning 11–1, 11–2 and 11–2.
“[Fulham] has been a very strong player for us,” Aziz said. “He’s a tough person for anyone to go up against, and Saturday, his opponent was outmatched.”
Robby Berner ’12 scraped out a narrow five-game win at No. 3. After dropping games one and three and winning games two and four, Berner came back to win game five 11–8.
The Elis, who are stronger than the Bears (2–7, 0–5 Ivy) on paper, changed their roster for Saturday’s match. Sam Clayman ’12, Rusty Feldman ’10 and Sam Haig ’13 all played tough matches in the No. 9, No. 8, and No. 7 positions, respectively.
The Bulldogs have one match left in their regular season, and it’s a big one. The only thing standing between the Bulldogs, who are undefeated in the Ivy League, and the league title is Harvard.
Harvard (5–3, 4–1 Ivy) haven’t had as much success as the Elis this season, recently losing to Princeton 7–2, and Rochester 7–2, two teams the Bulldogs defeated in January.
“Harvard is really strong at No. 1,” CJ Plimpton ’11 said. “Otherwise, in all the other spots, we’re the favorites.”
At the end of February, Yale will host the College Squash Association National Team Championships at the Brady Squash Center. The Bulldogs will have a chance to square off again against this year’s toughest teams, including Rochester, Princeton, and Trinity. Against Trinity, the Elis are hoping that luck will favor them the second time around after losing to the11-time defending national champion Bantams 8–1 on Jan. 20.
“If we play well enough and get another shot at Trinity, you never know what can happen,” Feldman said.
The Bulldogs look to secure the Ivy League championship Saturday against Harvard at 1 p.m. at the Brady Squash Center before hosting the CSA Teams Championship Feb. 19-21.