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Trinity Men's Squash Faces Season's First Test Against Yale Wednesday Night

Trinity Men's Squash Faces Season's First Test Against Yale Wednesday Night

Hartford, Conn., Jan. 20 -- The Trinity College men's and women squash teams will host the Yale University Bulldogs on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at George A. Kellner Squash Center at 6 p.m.  The Trinity men and women are ranked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Polls, while the Bulldog men are ranked third and the women are ranked fifth nationally.   

The 10-time defending CSA National Champion Trinity men's team, coached by Paul Assaiante (15th season), is 5-0 and has won 188 consecutive matches dating back to the 1997-98 season which gives the Bantams the longest active winning streak in all of intercollegiate varsity athletics.  The Trinity women's squad, coached by Wendy Bartlett (25th season), is 6-0.  Both teams have shut out each of their opponents this season. 

The Trinity College men's squash team won at Brown to open 2009 and won its most recent match at No. 8-ranked Dartmouth on Jan. 17.  The Trinity men's roster includes five top-ten ranked individuals in the nation.  Junior Baset Chaudhry (Lahore, Pakistan) is ranked as the top collegiate squash player in the country, followed by senior captain Gustav Detter (Malmoe, Sweden) at the No. 2 spot. Sophomores Parth Sharma (Jaipur, India) at No. 8 and Andres Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) at No. 9 and senior captain Manek Mathur (Mumbai, India) at No. 10 are the also among the nation's elite individuals.  Senior co-captain Rushabh Vora (Mumbai, India) and Sharma lead Trinity with 5-0 records, while Mathur and sophomore Chris Binnie (Kingston, Jamaica) are both 4-0.    

Trinity also won at Brown, ranked No. 10 in the nation, and Dartmouth, ranked No. 8 nationally, in women's squash last week.  The first 2008-09 CSA Women's Individual Rankings are yet to be released.  Bantam sophomore Tehani Guruge (Colombo, Sri Lanka) finished the 2007-08 season ranked No. 10 individually, while three other Bantam returnees finished among the top 20 players at the end of last season.  Currently, sophomore Emery Holton (Flourtown, Pa.) and freshman Andrea Echeverria (San Salvador, El Salvador) are tied for the team lead with six wins apiece.

Yale is 8-0 in men's squash after eking out a 5-4 win at No. 4-ranked Cornell on Saturday.  Sophomore John Fulham (Wellesley, Mass.) is the top-ranked Bulldog at No. 23 in the nation.  The Yale women's team is 6-0 after winning at No. 7-ranked Cornell on Saturday.  Trinity women's squash has lost to Yale three straight times, but defeated them in the last match played in Hartford, 5-4, in January of 2007. 

The CSA Men's Top Ten: 1. Trinity (Conn.), 2. Princeton, 3. Yale, 4. Cornell, 5. Harvard, 6. Rochester, 7. Pennsylvania, 8. Dartmouth, 9. Western Ontario, 10. Williams. The CSA Women's Top Ten: 1. Princeton, 2. Pennsylvania, 3. Trinity (Conn.), 4. Harvard, 5. Yale, 6. Stanford, 7. Cornell, 8. Dartmouth, 9. Williams, 10. Brown.