The No. 4 Yale men’s squash team (11-2, 5-1 Ivy) extended its winning streak to three this past Friday against No. 8 Dartmouth (7-8, 2-5 Ivy).
With the weekend’s winter storm on the horizon, the Bulldogs were forced to move their match up to 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning instead of playing later in the evening. The Elis earned a 7–2 victory in their last match before facing Harvard, the final contest of the season before the CSA Team Championships.
“We want to train smart as well as hard and make sure that we are in top form for the upcoming matchup with Harvard,” Eric Caine ’14 said. “Then it’s the national championships after that.”
The Bulldogs swept the first round of matches. Richard Dodd ’13 won in three close games at the No. 3 spot. Rookie Zachary Leman ’16 also won in three at the No. 6 spot. Joseph Roberts ’15 rounded out the first set of matches with a win at No. 9 in three games as well.
The second round of matches saw the first loss for the Bulldogs at No. 8, when Pehlaaj Bajwa ’16 lost in three games to Dartmouth’s Mark Funk. The other two matches of the round proved tougher for the Bulldogs to conquer. Sam Fenwick ’16 battled for the win at No. 5 over Kyle Martino. Team captain Hywel Robinson ’13 also fought for his win at the No. 2 spot in four games.
“The team played well against Dartmouth,” Neil Martin ’14 said. “They are a great team who we have been tight with the last few matches. They are also having a strong season so it was great that we could put together a number of good performances.”
In the final round, Caine staged a comeback in four games at No. 7 after dropping the first game to the Big Green’s Alex Kurth. At No. 4 Martin won in three games against Alexander Greer, the brother of a former Yale women’s squash captain, Logan Greer ’11. Yale’s second loss of the morning came at the No. 1 spot, when Kenneth Chan ’13 fell to Dartmouth’s nationally ranked No. 10 Christopher Hanson.
“Hopefully winning the last two matches of the season [before Friday’s victory] will allow us some momentum going into nationals and a chance for us to make a run,” Robinson said. “The guys are pumped and ready to commit 100 percent to the next two and a half weeks that will ultimately decide the outcome of our season.”
The Elis will travel to Cambridge for their last match of the regular season against Ivy rival No. 3 Harvard. The match has been postponed until further notice due to the storm.