Men's Squash Improves To No. 18 After Three Victories
Jan. 23, 2004
Poughkeepsie, NY - The Colonials men's squash team learned that they are ranked 18th in the country after winning three of four matches this past weekend at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Colonials improved to 7-4 this season when they defeated Vassar, Connecticut College and Hamilton before losing to 10th-ranked Williams in their final match of the weekend. The women's squash team remained winless with losses to Vassar, Smith and Hamilton. Both programs are in their second year as a varsity sport at George Washington.
The Colonials were ranked 36th when the program moved up from club to varsity status in the fall of 2002. GW was 23rd going into the weekend at Vassar but moved up five spots after posting an impressive 3-1 record in four matches. The team's current ranking of 18 is the highest in the programs history.
The men's team opened the weekend with a 9-0 sweep of Vassar without loosing a single game in any of the nine matches. GW then defeated No. 25 Connecticut College with a score of 7-2. GW won six of the nine head-to-head match-ups with a 3-0 sweep. The Colonials then beat No. 24 Hamilton, 6-3, before losing 9-0 to Williams in their final match of a successful weekend. Sophomore Greg Vernick (West Roxbury, MA/Milton Academy) led GW's winning efforts in the number one position with 3-0 wins in his first three matches.
The Colonials women dropped to 0-5 with three losses in matches that were also played at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, NY. GW lost 9-0 in the first match to Vassar without winning a game. GW also lost 9-0 to Smith but freshman Helene Seydoux (Penn Valley, PA/Harriton) did manage to win a game in the fifth position for the Colonials. In their final match of the weekend GW won one match when sophomore Jessica Marks (Denver, CO/Greenwich) was victorious, 3-2, in an 8-1 team-loss to Hamilton. Senior Laura Bridge (Somers, CT/Westminster) also won a game against her Hamilton opponent.
GW's women's and men's squash teams have this weekend off before returning to action next weekend. The women will play Princeton's JV team while the men will take on three opponents in Philadelphia, PA where the team will defend its ranking of 18, GW's best ever.