WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Zafi Levy's Williams men's squash team (8-13) is headed to Clinton, N.Y. and the campus of Hamilton College this weekend to compete for the 2018 NESCAC Men's Squash Championship
The NESCAC Championship is scheduled to begin on February 2 and will be played on the campus of Hamilton College. The Little Squash Center at Hamilton will serve as the host for all of the championship bracket matches, while Colgate's Huntington Gymnasium will host select consolation matches on Saturday. The tournament, which runs through February 4, begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The NESCAC Championship match is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The Trinity Bantams (11-0) are the top seed for the 2018 NESCAC Men's Squash Championships for the 12th straight year. Trinity to date is the only team to win the NESCAC men's squash title.
Levy's Ephs are seeded third this year. Nine times in the last 11 years the Ephs have finished second to Trinity, but the last two years Bates, the second seed this year, has supplanted the Ephs as runner-up.
As the third seed the Ephs, who are 11-0 in the quarterfinal round, will take on the winner of the first-round match between No. 6 Colby and No. 11 Wesleyan.
Williams has won four of its last five matches heading into the tournament. The Ephs posted a pair of 8-1 road wins at Colby and at Wesleyan in January. Williams is 1-0 against both the Mules and the Cardinals in the NESCAC Championship. The Ephs defeated Colby, 9-0, in the 2016 quarterfinals and handed Wesleyan a 9-0 loss in the 2011 quarterfinals.
Should the Ephs win their first match of the tournament and Bates does as well the two teams will meet in the semifinal round on Saturday. On January 13 the Ephs lost a hard fought battle at Bates, 5-4, in a match that saw four of the nine matches decided in five games.