This weekend, the men’s squash team (8–3, 3–3 Ivy) traveled to Rochester, New York to compete against Western University (8–2, 0–0 OUA) and the University of Rochester (5–11, 3–0 LL) on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. These matches wrapped up season play for the men’s team. 

On Saturday, the men played Western at the University of Rochester’s squash center, beating the Mustangs 9–0. Eight out of the nine ladder players beat their opponents 3–0. 

“Going into Nationals it was good to get some more match experience under our belts,” Maxwell Orr ’25 wrote to the News. “There were a lot of solid wins throughout the entire ladder over the weekend, when at this level of college squash nothing is a guarantee. We are looking to build off these results and make some strides in the next couple weeks as we prepare for a championship run.” 

The Bulldogs have five wins and zero losses against Western since 2011. In 2021, the men beat the Mustangs in a commanding 9–0 showing. 

On Sunday, the Bulldogs competed against the University of Rochester at the Lyman Squash Center, the Yellowjackets’ home court. 

“The matches this weekend were a good test of the team’s adaptability and mental agility,” assistant coach Tate Miller wrote to the News. “Looking forward, we know that both Men’s and Women’s Team Nationals will test our talented teams and are preparing our teams to enjoy and embrace that challenge.”

The Bulldogs beat the Yellowjackets 7–2. Eric Kim ’23, Brian Leonard ’24, Arav Bhagwati ’26, Jed Burde ’24 and Siow Yee Xian ’24 all beat their opponents in dominant 3–0 games.

Since 2011, the Bulldogs have nine wins and seven losses against the Yellowjackets. The Bulldogs beat the Yellowjackets last season with a score of 8–1. 

Looking ahead, both the men’s and women’s (5–5, 3–3 Ivy) squash teams are preparing for the College Squash Association Nationals Championship. The men are competing at Trinity College in Hartford, CT and the women are playing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. 

“After finishing out our regular season, our coaches have done a fantastic job identifying where we can improve,” men’s captain Eric Kim ’23 wrote to the News. “We like where we’re at physically, but can always improve and will hope to make more strides in the next two weeks. Competition is the fun part so we’re looking forward to our first match at nationals after a hard two week training block.”

The CSA Team Championships will be held over the weekend on February 24 through 26.

Betsy Good is an editor for the sports desk. As a staff writer, she covered the women's field hockey, men's and women's squash and men's baseball teams for the sports desk. She is a junior in Pierson College from Cincinnati, Ohio, majoring in History.