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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The first full weekend slate of Ivy League men's squash matches gets underway this weekend as team's jockey for positions in the league standings.
Five Ivy League teams are in the Top 10 of this week's Dunlop Men's College Squash Association rankings, including top-ranked Princeton. The Tigers are 7-0 overall and 3-0 in League play after a 9-0 shutout of 12th-ranked Penn on Wednesday night. Harvard is ranked third, followed by Yale at No. 4, Cornell at No. 5 and Dartmouth at No. 8.
Brown (6-5, 0-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Bears are coming off a tight split with Bates and Bowdoin last weekend. The Bears downs Bates, 5-4, and dropped a 5-4 decision to Bowdoin. Brown remains No. 18 in this week's top 20 rankings. Blake Reinson is 7-4 on the year for Bears at No. 1. Brown is in the midst of a five-match homestand that wraps up this weekend.
This Weekend: Brown hosts No. 12 Penn on Saturday and No. 1 Princeton and No. 17 George Washington on Sunday.
Columbia (6-5, 1-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Lions dropped one spot to No. 11 in this week's Top 20 poll. They saw their three-match winning streak snapped at Williams last Sunday, 6-3. Ramit Tandon has been strong for Columbia thus far this season, going 10-1 at No. 1. His lone loss came to St. Lawrence's Amr Khaled Khalifa in a five-set thriller. In fact, that is the only time this season that Tandon has lost a set.
This Weekend: Columbia ends an eight-match road trip this weekend when it visits third-ranked Harvard on Saturday and eighth-ranked Dartmouth on Sunday.
Cornell (11-2, 2-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Big Red, ranked No. 5 in this week's rankings, had their six-match winning streak halted last Sunday by second-ranked Trinity, 7-2. Ryan Todd has been outstanding for Cornell this season, compiling an 11-2 record in the middle of the lineup (playing Nos. 3-5). Graham Dietz is also 10-3 for Cornell this season.
This Weekend: Cornell visits third-ranked Harvard on Saturday and eighth-ranked Dartmouth on Sunday.
Dartmouth (5-5, 1-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Dartmouth comes in at No. 8 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA Rankings. The Big Green dropped a 5-4 decision last Sunday at Rochester. Chris Hanson is 7-3 thus far as Dartmouth's No. 1 player. Dartmouth plays four of its next five at home to close out the regular season.
This Weekend: Dartmouth plays host to fifth-ranked Cornell on Saturday and No. 11 Columbia on Sunday.
Harvard (10-1, 2-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Harvard returns to action this weekend after having last weekend off. The third-ranked Crimson swept a pair at Amherst the week before, downing Western Ontario, 8-1, and Amherst, 9-0. Harvard suffered its lone setback of the year thus far on January 13 when it lost a heartbreaker at No. 1-ranked Princeton, 5-4. In the showdown of the last two Ivy League Player of the Year, Harvard's Ali Farag, the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year and CSA Individual Champion, downed Princeton's Todd Harrity, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year and CSA Individual Champ, in four sets. Farag, 6-0 this year, is now 22-0 for his career with the Crimson.
This Weekend: Harvard plays host to No. 11 Columbia on Saturday and fifth-ranked Cornell and MIT on Sunday.
Penn (3-7, 0-3 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Quakers have just concluded an incredibly challenging part of their schedule - five consecutive matches against No. 3 Harvard, No. 8 Dartmouth, No. 7 Franklin & Marshall, No. 2 Trinity and No. 1 Princeton. Unfortunately, it resulted in a five-game losing skid, but it also explains how Penn is ranked No. 12 despite its record. Daniel Judd was off to a hot start, having won his first five matches towards the bottom of the lineup, before hitting the recent tough slate.
This Weekend: Penn travels to 18th-ranked Brown on Saturday and fourth-ranked Yale on Sunday.
Princeton (7-0, 3-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The defending national champions, Princeton is ranked No. 1 in the latest Dunlop Men's CSA poll. The Tigers downed rival Penn, 9-0, on Wednesday night. Princeton has now won 14 straight matches going back to last season. Senior Todd Harrity, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year and 2011 CSA Individual Champion, has shown his usual form with a 5-1 mark thus far this season. While suffering his lone loss in the match with Harvard, the Tigers responded with wins at Nos. 2-5, including a thrilling five-set win by Samuel Kang at No. 2 singles to hold off the Crimson.
This Weekend: The Tigers travel for a showdown with fourth-ranked Yale on Saturday and then visit 18th-ranked Brown on Sunday.
Yale (8-1, 2-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Yale opened a five-match homestand with a 9-0 win over Navy last Saturday. The Bulldogs bounced back from their first setback of the year three days earlier at second-ranked Trinity, 7-2. Richard Dodd is 7-0 and Hywel Robinson is 6-2 in the top half of the lineup for Yale this season to lead the way thus far.
This Weekend: Yale hosts No. 1 Princeton in a big Saturday showdown and hosts No. 12 Penn on Sunday.