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Mids to Face Yale in Opening Round of CSA Team Championship

Freshman Jack Lentz (pictured) along with junior Senen Ubina lead the team into the championship with 19 wins apiece.
Freshman Jack Lentz (pictured) along with junior Senen Ubina lead the team into the championship with 19 wins apiece.
Feb. 22, 2018

The 16th-seeded Navy squash team (16-8) will face #9 Yale on Friday at 10:00 AM in its quest to win the Hoehn Cup at the 2018 College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championship held this weekend with Trinity playing as the host site.  Joining the Mids in the Hoehn Division are (9) Yale, (10) George Washington, (11) Western Ontario, (12) Drexel, (13) Brown, (14) Virginia and (15) Cornell who are vying for the No. 9-16 positions in the tournament.

Live results can be followed via the CSA’s official site at collegesquashassociation.com(.)

More on the Mids
The Mids closed out the year by winning six of their final nine matches, including back-to-back 9-0 wins against Middlebury in their final home appearance and Franklin & Marshall in their regular-season finale two weeks ago.

The projected ladder remains the same ...
1. Jack Herold (Chicago, Ill.), 2. Michael Kacergis (Malvern, Pa.), 3. Jack Lentz (Philadelphia, Pa.), 4. Senen Ubina (Greenwich, Conn.), 5. Owen Davis (Rydal, Pa.), 6. Dylan Sweeney (New York, N.Y.), 7. Jamie Kjorlien (Greenwich, Conn.), 8. Sam McCartney (Chicago, Ill.), 9. Greg Hyer (Tenafly, N.J.)

Three players enter the weekend riding winning streaks of four or more matches.  Junior Dylan Sweeney leads the way with his five-match winning streak that ironically dates back to the match against Yale on Jan. 27, when he scored a 3-0 win over Thomas Kingshott.  Meanwhile, senior Sam McCartney and sophomore Michael Kacergis have both won four in a row.

Five players are within reach of hitting the 20-win milestone this weekend.  Junior Senen Ubina and rookie Jack Lentz both enter Friday’s opening-round match against Yale with 19 wins.  Meanwhile, senior captain Jack Herold, McCartney and Sweeney all have 17 victories this winter.

Three players are currently ranked among the Mids’ all-time top 25 wins leader board, while junior Jamie Kjorlien is just a win outside of the list.  Jack Herold stands 15th with 65 wins, Senen Ubina is tied for 19th with 59 and Dylan Sweeney is 22nd with 57.  Meanwhile, Sam McCartney is fourth all-time in career winning percentage (78.3, 47-13).

Mids at the CSA Team Championship
Seven of the nine Navy players on the ladder have made previous appearances at the CSA Team Championship with junior Sam McCartney having the most success with a 7-2 record.  After dropping his first two matches at the championship his freshman year, he has won seven straight.  Making their debut at the championship will be senior Grey Hyer and freshman Jack Lentz.

Jack Herold:  1-8 (0-3 Fr / 1-2 So / 0-3 Jr)
Michael Kacergis:  1-2 (1-2 Fr)
Jack Lentz:  First appearance
Senen Ubina:  3-3 (2-1 Fr / 1-2 So)
Owen Davis:  2-1 (2-1 Fr)
Dylan Sweeney:  4-2 (2-1 Fr / 2-1 So)
Jamie Kjorlien:  1-2 (1-2 Fr)
Sam McCartney:  7-2 (1-2 Fr / 3-0 So / 3-0 Jr)
Greg Hyer:  First appearance

About Yale
Yale enters this weekend’s championship as the top seed in the Hoehn Division where they boast an 8-8 record.  The Bulldogs dropped three (Columbia, Harvard, Dartmouth) of their final four matches to slide out of contention for the Potter Cup.  Among Yale’s eight wins this season was a 7-2 victory over the Mids at home in late January.

The Series
Yale has dominated the series which dates back to Feb. 11, 1950.  The Bulldogs own a 45-8 series advantage, winning each of the last 34 meetings.  Navy’s last win in the series was on Feb. 2, 1985, when the Mids claimed a 7-2 victory in Annapolis.   

Against the Field
Navy faced five of the other seven teams participating in the Hoehn Cup earlier this season, but were unable to capture a victory against any of the four - Yale (2-7), George Washington (3-6), Western Ontario (2-7), Drexel (1-8), Cornell (3-6).  The Mids did not face Brown or Virginia.

Tournament Format
Navy will face either #12 Drexel or #13 Brown on Saturday as the tournament progresses.  Should Navy defeat Yale in the opening round, Saturday’s semifinal match would begin at 11:30 AM, however a loss would send the Mids to the consolation bracket for a 9:00 AM match.


### Go Navy ###

The Last Meeting
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January 27, 2018
New Haven, Conn.
Navy Squash Splits Weekend Road Matches
Spending the second straight week on the road, the 14th-ranked Navy squash team (14-7) dropped a 7-2 decision to #9 Yale on Saturday before closing out the weekend with a 9-0 sweep over #31 Wesleyan on Sunday.


 

 

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