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Navy Squash Returns to Action Following Semester Break

Junior Senen Ubina
Jan. 12, 2018

The 13th-ranked Navy squash team (10-3) returns to action this Saturday following a month-long hiatus due to final exams and the semester break.  The Mids, who will look to snap a two-game losing skid, will play host to ninth-ranked Drexel (2-6) Saturday afternoon (2:00 pm) at the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts.  

Admission is free to all Navy squash matches.  A reminder to fans planning on attending the match, vehicular access to the Naval Academy is limited to those with a Department of Defense identification card.  It is suggested that fans park downtown and walk through the main gate.  Please note that a government issued identification card must be carried and presented at the gate.

More on the Mids
After winning 10 of its first 11 matches, Navy ended the first half of its season with back-to-back 7-2 losses to #5 Penn and #10 Dartmouth.  The Mids are looking to snap the losing skid Saturday in their first match since Dec. 2 against Dartmouth.  

Senior team captain Jack Herold (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Jack Lentz (Philadelphia, Pa.) sit atop the wins leader board with each posting a 12-1 record heading into the weekend.  Lentz has played the No. 2 spot on the ladder, while Herold has occupied the No. 3 slot.  Herold is one of just 18 players in head coach Craig Dawson’s 18 years to reach 60 victories and is tied with Tommy McNamara (2008-11) for 17th on the Mids’ wins list with a 60-28 career mark.

Juniors Owen Davis (Rydal, Pa.) and Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.) have each recorded an 11-2 record this winter.  Davis has split time between the No. 7 (4-0) and 8 (7-2) spots, while Ubina has manned the No. 4 position.  Prior to the break Ubina (51-21) captured his 50th collegiate victory and is just two wins from joining Navy’s all-time top 25 wins list.

Sophomore Michael Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.) and junior Dylan Sweeney (New York, N.Y.) has produced 10-3 marks with Kacergis playing the top spot on the ladder, while Sweeney has seen action at No. 6 (4-0) and 7 (6-3).  Like Ubina, Sweeney earned his 50th career win prior to the semester break and stands 50-17 all-time.

Meanwhile, junior Jamie Kjorlien (Greenwich, Conn.) needs four more wins to join the 50-win club.

Six active Navy players are ranked among the top 25 in career winning percentage under Dawson. Kacergis owns an 79.5 (31-8) winning percentage and stands No. 3 on the list, while Davis is No. 5 with his 78.0 (32-9) winning percentage. Meanwhile, senior Sam McCartney (Chicago, Ill.) (77.6, 38-11) is tied for seventh.

More on Drexel
Led by seventh-year head coach John White, Drexel enters Saturday’s match against the Mids with a 2-6 record.  Six of the Dragons’ eight opponents were ranked among the top 10 at the time of the match, including #6 Rochester who dealt Drexel a 7-2 loss Thursday afternoon.  Atticus Kelly (#2 on ladder)  and Mostafa Abouel Makarim (#9) earned the Dragons’ two victories on the match, while Bransten Ming (#3) and Noel Solomon (#7) each forced five-game matches, but could not break through in the end.

Drexel owns wins over #22 Dickinson (9-0) and #21 Williams (9-0) and has losses against #5 Penn (8-1), #4 Columbia (7-2), #1 Trinity (9-0), #9 Yale (6-3), #8 Princeton (7-2) and #6 Rochester (7-2).
 
The Series
Navy holds a narrow 5-3 advantage in the series that saw the Mids win the first five matchups dating back to 2010.  Drexel, meanwhile, has won three in a row against the Mids.  Navy’s last win in the series was a CSA Championship match in 2014 (5-4), while its last win against Drexel in Annapolis was on Nov. 16, 2013 (5-4).  Navy is 2-1 against Drexel all-time in Annapolis.

Up Next
Navy will play host to 11th-ranked George Washington next Wednesday at 5:30 pm.

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