February 08, 2013 by kofi.biney
Drexel Squash continued its season Feb. 2 and Feb. 6 as the men’s and women’s teams both ended their recent string of away games with matches against George Washington University and Haverford College. Coincidentally, both teams split those matches. The men (7-10 overall record) lost to George Washington 7-2 but beat Haverford in dominating fashion 9-0, while the women (overall 6-9 record) got shut out 9-0 by George Washington but defeated Haverford by that very same score a few days later.
Drexel’s results against George Washington were simply another humbling moment for them in a season that at one point saw plenty of them. The men’s and women’s teams for GW, ranked 17th and 13th in the country, respectively, had their way against the Dragons. All GW victories in both the men’s and women’s matches came in straight sets. Despite this, Drexel did get wins on the men’s side from junior Justin Singh at the No. 3 spot (11-6, 16-14, 11-5) and freshman Joey Gingold at the No. 4 spot (11-6, 11-9, 11-9).
Drexel’s fortunes would change for the better a few days later, as both teams soundly defeated Haverford by matching 9-0 scores. It marked the fourth shutout win this season for the men’s team and the third this season for the women (in addition, it was the women’s fourth win in five matches). In the men’s match, the Dragons saw eight out of their nine players on the day win their respective matches in straight sets, including the first win at the No. 1 position by freshman Binura Jayasuriya in his second time there on the season. Equal to the task, the women’s team made very easy work against Haverford, dropping only one set all day (with that coming in the last match at the No. 9 position). Seniors Atigah Shahrin and Anna Schmiedicke, playing in their second-to-last regular-season matches, also won on the day at the No. 6 (11-5,11-3, 11-1) and No. 8 (11-1,11-2,11-2) positions.
The Dragons return home for their final home matches on the season Feb. 8-9. The women’s team takes on the University of Virginia Feb. 8, while the men’s team plays Colgate University and Virginia Feb. 8-9.