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Tigers Hope To Take Big Step On Two Journeys During Key Home Weekend – GoPrincetonTigers.com

The 11th-ranked Princeton men’s squash team opens a pair of journeys this weekend, and it knows how important it will be to take a positive step over the next 48 hours.
 
The Tigers (2-3) open their Ivy League schedule Saturday at 2:30 against No. 9 Dartmouth, and then they welcome fourth-ranked Harvard Sunday at 2:30. Both matches will be part of home doubleheaders, with the women’s teams facing the same schools at noon. All matches this weekend will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
 
While Princeton would love to take a big step towards its first Ivy League title since 2013, the Tigers are also hoping to continue climbing the national team rankings and returning to the ‘A’ flight of the CSA Team Championships. Princeton made an upward climb during the opening weekend with home wins over both Franklin & Marshall and George Washington, but it can take a far bigger step with another perfect home weekend.
 
That would be a welcome development for co-captain Ben Leizman, the lone senior in the starting lineup. Leizman is the only starter who has been with head coach Sean Wilkinson for all four years, and he would love nothing more than to close that process by both chasing an Ivy title and competing for a national team title.
 
He was a guest on the latest edition of TigerCast, where he talked about his own journey to Princeton, as well as the team’s rebuilding process and where it stands right now. You can listen to the full interview below:
 
 
Leizman talks about the youth leading his program, including freshman Adhitya Raghavan, who recently placed third at the prestigious British Junior Open Championships. Raghavan was seeded 9-16 in the event, but dropped only his semifinal match en route to a historic third-place finish.
 
Fellow freshmen Gabe Morgan and Shehab Thabet will get their first taste of Ivy League competition, while the sophomore trio of Clark Doyle, Cody Cortes and Spencer Anton will look to build on their own debut seasons last year. Those six underclassmen make up six of the top seven spots in the lineup, while Leizman and juniors Abhimanyu Shah and Komron Shayegan provide key experience in the middle and bottom of the order.
 
Dartmouth (2-2, 0-1 Ivy) may have been an afterthought during this weekend in the past, but the Big Green has grown into a Top-10 team, and it handed Princeton an 8-1 loss in Hanover last season. The Big Green dropped its Ivy opener 8-1 to Harvard, though there were several highly competitive matches in the dual.
 
Harvard (1-0, 1-0 Ivy) will test itself strongly this weekend with a trio of road matches. The Crimson open Friday afternoon against No. 6 Drexel, and then remain in Philadelphia Saturday to face seventh-ranked Penn. Following those two matches, Harvard will travel to Jadwin for a 2:30 showdown with Princeton Sunday.
 

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