Squash: Ivy League Scrimmages

Four members of our squash team – Janel Gaube, Grace Thomas, Gavin Maxwell and Jason Yoo – spent the Remembrance Day long weekend in New Haven, Connecticut participating in the 2013 Ivy League Squash Scrimmages. Though Maxwell, still recovering from a shoulder injury, was unable to compete, the other three each played a match against local New Haven high school students who train out of the Yale facility. Gaube and Yoo both won their matches comfortably while Thomas lost in four closely contested games. All were also able to play on the four-wall glass show court, part of a Yale squash facility that is one of the most spectacular in the world.

The Ivy League (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn, Brown and Cornell) Scrimmages are the opening exhibition competition between the schools. Alumni Tyler Olsen ’11 and Nicole Bunyan ’11 are now entering their junior seasons at Harvard and Princeton respectively.

Olsen went undefeated in the Scrimmages while Bunyan finished with a 2-1 mark. Both will be key performers as their schools navigate through the various College Squash Association competitions in advance of the February 2014 National Championships at Harvard. Squash aficionados can follow online at www.collegesquashassociation.com to see if the two SMUS alumni can help their teams capture a title.

Certainly, the four current SMUS players were able to watch some great squash over the weekend and now look forward to competing in their own events. On November 15-17, Gaube and Thomas will travel to Edmonton with four of their teammates (Robert Fisher, Madison Liew, Euan Hannigan, and Michael Rossi) to play in the Alberta Jesters event. Then, two weeks later comes the Canadian Junior Open. Follow all the action on Twitter @SMUS_Squash.

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