CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (February 14) – The MIT squash team, ranked No. 21 in the final College Squash Association (CSA) national poll, earned a spot to compete in the "C Division" Summers Cup in this weekend's CSA Team National Championship.
This year marked the second-highest final ranking in program history by the CSA for the squash team as the Engineers will be able to showcase their talents in a bracket of team's ranked No. 17 through No. 24. This year's bracket features No. 17 Middlebury College, No. 18 Williams College, No. 19 University of Virginia, No. 20 Brown University, No. 22 Dickinson College, No. 23 Colby College and No. 24 Amherst College. In 2003, MIT earned its highest ranking in program history of No. 18.
MIT's first match will take place on Friday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. against No. 20 Brown University inside the Murr Center at Harvard University. The double-elimination tournament will extend through Sunday where a champion of the Summers Cup will be crowned after the final match at 9:00 a.m. Live stats and video for all contests can be found here.
The Summers Cup is named after Jack Summers, who was MIT's first head coach in program history back in 1930. Summers guided the Engineers for 27 years and was inducted into the Men's College Squash Hall of Fame in 1990. Summers, who was born in England, learned squash after he moved to Boston in 1911. During the 1920's he taught squash at the Union Boat Club, where he persuaded to allow women to play in 1925, setting the stage for the flourishing of women's squash in Boston. He won the first United States Professionals tournament (now known as the Tournament of Champions) in 1930, successfully defending his title in 1931 and 1932 and reclaiming it in 1934.