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Virginia squash ends their regular season with a weekend of ranked road matches

Despite losses to Harvard, Virginia squash bounced back and had a successful weekend

<p>Junior Andrew Braff seized the game point in position nine for the No. 9 men's squash team.&nbsp;</p>

Junior Andrew Braff seized the game point in position nine for the No. 9 men's squash team. 

The men’s and women’s squash teams competed in their last matches of the regular season over the weekend. The men’s team played against three top 20 teams, while the women’s team played four. 

Friday 

The No. 10 women’s team (11-5) dropped 9-0 to No. 1 Harvard Friday, in the first meeting of the two programs. 

Harvard (8-0), fresh off a 2019 National Championship, won eight of their nine matches 3-0. 

Strong Cavalier performances came from freshmen Sydney Maxwell and Julia Curran, who forced both of their games into an extra point. 

The No. 9 men’s team (14-4) also fell 9-0 to No. 1 Harvard Friday. 

Senior Toby Hansford and freshman Aly Hussein both fought their matches to an extra point, but still lost 3-1 to the Crimson (8-0). 

Saturday 

The women’s team recorded two wins Saturday at Harvard’s Murr Center Squash Courts, sweeping No. 15 Middlebury 9-0 and defeating No. 12 Williams 8-1. 

The Cavaliers won eight of their nine matchups 3-0 against Middlebury (5-7) and seized five 3-0 victories against the Ephs (12-5). 

Impressive performances came from sophomore Emma Jinks, freshman Grace Seymour, senior Julia Thompson and Maxwell, all of whom finished with 3-0 victories against both Middlebury and Williams. Notably, this victory marked the fifth 9-0 win of the season for the Cavaliers.

The men’s match against Williams was cancelled, but they still blanked No. 29 Middlebury at the Murr Center Squash Courts. The victory marks the first time Virginia has swept the Panthers (4-9). 

A notable performance came from junior Andrew Braff, who seized the winning point for the Cavaliers in position nine with a 11-7, 12-10, 11-3 victory. 

Sunday

The women’s team swept No. 19 Tufts (6-7) Sunday, sweeping the Jumbos at their newly opened squash center. 

The match marked Virginia’s third consecutive victory over a ranked opponent, as well as their sixth swept match of the season. 

Notable performances came from Jinks, who won 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 in position one, and sophomore Mandy Haywood, who rebounded from a 5-11 loss to win 5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7. 

The men’s team also blanked No. 17 MIT at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. 

The Virginia victory made them 3-0 all time against the Engineers (13-6), though this was their first ever sweep and their fifth 9-0 victory of the season. 

Notable performances came from junior William Braff, who battled back from a 9-11 loss to win 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 13-11 in position seven, and freshman Omar El Torkey, who won with a clean 3-0 victory in position one. 

Virginia will now travel to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Championships Friday in Washington, D.C. 

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