Hartford, Connecticut, January 20, 2017 – The top-ranked Trinity College men's squash team, fresh off a 9-0 shutout of No. 2-ranked Yale, will face another test on Saturday, January 21, when the Bantams visit the No. 3-ranked University of Rochester Yellowjackets at 1 p.m. Trinity improved to 10-0 on Wednesday at home against the defending College Squash Association (CSA) National Champion Bulldogs, dominating the match with 3-0 victories in six of the nine spots on the ladder. The Bantams will round out the Upstate New York swing with a noon match at Cornell on Sunday, January 22.
Trinity, coached by Paul Assaiante (23rd season), has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 86-4, as the Bantams strive for their 16th national title in 20 years. The Bantams have already posted one-sided wins over No. 5-ranked Columbia, No. 6-ranked Drexel, and No. 7-ranked Pennsylvania, and look to avenge a 5-4 loss to Rochester in last year's CSA National Semifinals on Saturday. The Yellowjackets, who host Drexel on Friday night, are 5-1 including wins against Pennsylvania and Yale and a 5-4 setback against Columbia.
Junior Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) leads the Bantams with a 10-0 record, while first-years Andrew Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and Yehia Essam (Brooklyn, N.Y.) are 9-0, and senior tri-captain Affeeq Ismail (Kuching, Malaysia), junior tri-captain Rick Penders (Maastricht, Netherlands), and sophomore Tom De Mulder (Gent, Belgium) are each 8-0. Penders, sophomore Michael Craig (Belfast, Northern Ireland), and rookie Kush Kumar (Chennai, India) have battled it out for the top-three spots on the ladder all season.
Penders was ranked No. 3 nationally among individuals at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, while Craig was No. 13, De Mulder was No. 21, and Ismail was No. 22. Rochester senior Mario Yanez (Aguascalientes, Mexico), ranked No. 4 at the end of last season, and junior Micky Bertocchi (Reggio Emilia, Italy) are 6-0 this winter, while No. 2-ranked senior Ryosei Kobayashi (Yokohama, Japan) is 8-2.