Both of the squash teams started off the beginning of the semester on a high note as they swept the Northeastern Huskies this weekend at the Lubin Family Squash Center in a much-desired win for the program. The victory brought the men's and women's records to 6-5 and 3-8 overall, respectively.
The men dominated the Huskies 9-0 after taking a hard fall to the No. 11 ranked Bates earlier in the weekend.
While Palmer Higgins '10 triumphed 3-1 in the No. 1 spot, the remaining Polar Bear's David Funk '10, Andy Bernard '11, Peter Cipriano '10, Arun Makhija '10, Andrew Hilboldt '13, Elliot Beck '09, Rob Stanley '10 and Christopher Jayne '13 defeated their opponents 3-0.
For the women's team, the 8-1 win over the Huskies broke a seven-game losing streak.
Returning captain and No. 1 Lauren Gesswein '11 collected a 3-1 win against Northeastern. Elizabeth Warner '12, Elizabeth Schetman '13, Monica Wlodaracyzk '13, Alex Peacock-Villada '11, Katie Boyce '11, Louisa Cannel '13, and Isabel Nassief '12 also brought home wins for the Polar Bears.
However, the women lost to Bates, which marked the 15th straight victory for the Bobcats over Bowdoin in a streak that began in 2002. With the victory, Bates clinched the CBB series for the ninth year in a row.
Both teams saw mixed results earlier in the break at the Yale Round Robin tournament, with the men picking up two 6-3 victories from both Middlebury and St. Lawrence while falling to both Franklin and Marshall and Annapolis. This was preceded by an 8-1 defeat at the hands of Williams on January 10.
The women fared worse, starting the semester with defeats to Williams, George Washington, Franklin and Marshall, Mt. Holyoke, St. Lawrence and Middlebury.
Both teams spent much of their Winter Breaks practicing twice a day, working on skills and bonding as a team.
The men and women look forward to hosting the Maine Round Robin tournament at the Lubin Family Squash Center his Friday evening.