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Men’s and women’s squash finish regular season on a high note

Both Cavalier squads cruised to victory, sweeping all matches

<p>The men's squash team concluded the regular season with a 9-5 record while the women's team closed out 10-3.</p>

The men's squash team concluded the regular season with a 9-5 record while the women's team closed out 10-3.

The Virginia men’s and women’s squash teams concluded their regular season schedules with a dominant set of weekend matches at home at the McArthur Squash Center last weekend. The two teams combined to sweep all six of their matches.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Both teams kicked off the weekend with a three-court system match against Chatham University.

In the program’s first ever meeting with Chatham, the No. 9 Cavalier men (9-5, 4-1 MASC) earned a decisive victory over the No. 13 Cougars (8-3, 0-0 PAC) by a score of 5-0.

Later that afternoon, Virginia took on another opponent for the first time in program history, Denison University. The Cavalier men were even more dominant in their second match of the day, earning their third-consecutive sweep by trouncing the Big Red (3-5, 0-0 NCAC) 9-0.

All nine Cavalier men won their matches in straight sets. Freshman Evan Hajek — who played in the fifth spot against Chatham and the ninth spot against Denison — had an especially great day, winning his first match 11-3, 11-3, 11-2, and his second match 11-0, 11-0, 11-0.

The No. 7 Cavalier women (10-3, 3-1 MASC) took care of the Chatham women (0-12, 0-0 PAC) as well by a score of 7-0. All seven Cavaliers won their matches in straight sets with seniors Sydney Maxwell and Caroline Baldwin playing especially well in the middle of the ladder, each winning their matches 11-1, 11-1, 11-1.

Virginia’s women made equally light work of Denison (1-4, 0-0 NCAC) in their second match of the day. The Cavaliers earned a 9-0 sweep with all nine players winning in straight sets. Sophomore Meagan Best and junior Julia Curran bookended the scoring in the women’s match against the Big Red. The match also marked the fiftieth of senior Amanda Haywood’s career as she earned a dominant victory.

Sunday, Jan 30. 

The Cavalier women finished off their regular season and completed their perfect weekend with a 9-0 sweep of Dickinson (3-10, 0-2 Centennial). The Virginia women improved to 6-0 at home this season and 5-0 all-time against Dickinson with the victory.

“The women’s clean sweep of all three opponents this weekend sets us up nicely for the MASC Conference Championships,” Coach Mark Allen said. 

Virginia’s men also finished off their regular season against Dickinson, beating the Red Devils (3-9, 0-2 Centennial) in yet another sweep. 

All nine Cavaliers again won their matches in straight sets as the Virginia men joined the women by completing a perfect 6-0 home slate of matches.

Virginia’s men and women now turn their attention toward the Mid-Atlantic Squash Conference Championships, taking place from Feb. 4 to 6 in Lancaster, Pa.