LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's men's squash team will open the 2018-19 season at home this weekend by hosting the Pennsylvania Cup, a four-team tournament that will also feature Penn., Dickinson, and Drexel. Action begins on Saturday against No. 6 Penn. at 1:00 p.m. in Mayser.
To watch a season preview video, featuring eighth-year head coach Gavin Jones, click here.
Now in its second season, the PA Cup highlights varsity squash program's from the state of Pennsylvania. This year's four-team tournament is being co-hosted by F&M and Lancaster Country Day School. Dickinson will face Drexel at LCDS on Saturday a 1:00 p.m., while either the finals or consolation match will also take place at their courts on Sunday at noon. Whichever match F&M is competing in will occur in Mayser on Sunday at noon.
Every court of F&M's matches will be streamed at GoDiplomats.com/Live.
F&M heads into the 2018-19 season at the No. 17 spot in the College Squash Association (CSA) preseason team rankings. The poll of varsity coaches features Trinity College at No. 1, followed by Harvard (No. 2) and Columbia (No. 3).
To view the complete rankings, click here.
Vying for spots in F&M's lineup will be a cast of experienced student-athletes as the Diplomats return eight out of the nine players from last year's CSA Team Championship lineup.
Many of those spots will be challenged by a four-member first-year class that could all play their way onto the ladder. Matthew Dukarm, Ned Mylod, Aryan Parekh, and Allen Tompkins will all be first-years to battling for top-nine positions.
Captain's Soom, Murray and Machado are expected to provide vital leadership to the 2018-19 Diplomats. Soom saw the majority of his playing time at the No. 2 spot in the order, where he tallied five wins on the year. Jeeva won 11 matches during his first-year campaign, competing solely at the No. 1 spot in the lineup, and finished last year strong with six wins in his last 10 matches.
Cutting-Edge Broadcast System
The Mayser Center Squash Courts received a complete renovation of its video broadcast equipment, with an upgrade to high-definition cameras on each court and the ability to simultaneously stream every game of every home match.
The cutting-edge system will revolutionize broadcast of home F&M squash matches. Each individual court can now be streamed independently with its own high-definition video and audio feed at GoDiplomats.com/Live.
Viewers at home also have the ability to follow along with who is competing by tracking live results of home matches through Club Locker. Fans can signup for a free account and follow live results by searching for Franklin & Marshall under the live scores dropdown.
The Road Ahead
Following the PA Cup, the Diplomats remain at home to host MIT on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. followed by Bates the next day at 11:00 a.m. Six of F&M's nine matchups in January will take place in Mayser, while the Diplomats will travel to Charlottesville, Va. on Feb. 2-3 for the Mid-Atlantic Championships.
The men's CSA Team Championship will be hosted by Yale and is set for Feb. 15-17. Providence, R.I. will be the site of the CSA Individual Championships for both the men's and women's squads and will take place from March 1-3.
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