No. 2 Harvard Aims to Remain Unbeaten; Hosts No. 6 Cornell
Freshman Laura Gemmell (pictured) boasts a 2-0 record at the
No. 1 slot for the Crimson.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.
The No. 2 Harvard women’s squash team enters today’s match with a flawless record of 3-0 overall and a 2-0 mark in the Ivy League. Cornell comes into today’s action ranked No. 6 with a 1-2 overall record.
Last Time Out:
The Crimson improved their record to 3-0 with its third 9-0 win, sweeping No. 9 Dartmouth, Dec. 3. The victory also keeps Harvard undefeated in Ivy League play as it moved to 2-0.
No. 2 Harvard looks to remain unbeaten after sweeping Dartmouth for its third victory in as many matches. The Crimson has won all three matches by the score of 9-0. Harvard has only dropped two games so far on the season. Sophomore Nirasha Guruge, rookie Natasha Kingshott, junior Alisha Mashruwala, freshman Sarah Mumanachit and senior co-captains Katherine O’Donnell and Johanna Snyder all sport 3-0 records on the season. The Crimson has six players ranked in the top 25 of the CSA preseason individual poll.
The Big Red suffered its second loss of the season, Nov. 22, bowing to No. 1 Princeton, 5-4. Cornell began the season with a 6-3 victory over No. 7 Stanford before falling to No. 4 Penn, 7-2, and Princeton, 5-4. Cornell is 1-2 overall coming into today’s action and 0-2 in the conference.
Leader of the Pack:
After the first two weeks of the 2009-10 season, the Crimson finds itself sitting atop the Ivy League standings with a 2-0 record against Ancient Eight opponents. Harvard currently stands one win ahead of Penn and Princeton in the standings.
On Cloud Nine:
The Crimson opened the season with three 9-0 victories for the second-consecutive year. Harvard has only dropped two games through the first three matches of the 2009-10 campaign.
A pair of sisters will be competing at today’s match, Harvard freshman Laura Gemmell and her older sister, Jennifer, a junior on the Cornell women’s squash team. Both Gemmells have seen action at the No. 1 position, so a Gemmell vs. Gemmell match is plausible.
After a 55-day break from competition, Harvard travels to Hartford, Conn. to take on Trinity, Jan. 30, 2010.