PRINCETON, N.J. – Franklin & Marshall begins competition in the Walker Cup (C Division) of the Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships, hosted by Princeton this weekend. The Diplomats, who are ranked at No. 17, enter as the bracket's top seed and will face No. 24 Wesleyan in the first round on Friday at 10:00 a.m.
To view the complete bracket, click here.
A Look at the Bracket
Friday's opening-round matchup with Wesleyan marks the first time these programs face off since the 2013-14 season when the Diplomats earned a 6-3 victory at the Amherst Round Robin.
The winner advances to face either No. 20 Dickinson, who F&M blanked by a 9-0 score on Jan. 14 or No. 21 Tufts on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. The Championship match of the eight-team bracket is slated for a 10:30 a.m. start on Sunday.
Walker Cup History
F&M returns to the Walker Cup, and an annual matchup of the nation's No. 17-24 teams, for the first time since 2014. The Diplomats won the Walker Cup in 2011 after defeating Hamilton by a 5-4 tally in the finals. The previous two CSA Team Championships has seen F&M take part in the Kurtz Cup (B Division), as the Diplomats went 1-2 last year with a 6-3 victory against No. 15 Middlebury in the consolation round.
The bracket is named after Dale Walker, who coached the Yale's women's team to National Titles in 1986 and 1992. For a complete history of the Walker Cup, click here.
A Look at F&M
The Diplomats were dealt the bracket's top seed after producing a 5-12 record in the regular season, which ended on Saturday, Feb. 4 with a 9-0 loss against George Washington.
Fiona Murphy paces the top of the ladder for F&M with an 8-5 record at the No. 1 spot. Sherilyn Yang has been solid at No. 2 with a 9-5 mark, including wins in seven of her last 10 matches. Lauren Johnston is 5-9 from the No. 3 position, while Ellen Verry is 5-6 at No. 4 and Katherine Galambos is 5-6 at No. 5.