CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's squash team is the preliminary favorite to take home the national title according to the Dunlop Women's Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Preseason Rankings. The Crimson is ranked No. 1 in front of a pair of Ivy League rivals, Yale at No. 2 and Princeton at No. 3.
The Crimson returns four All-Americans including Laura Gemmell, Nirasha Guruge, Natasha Kingshott and Cece Cortes from the 2010-11 team that finished second at the CSA Team Championship a year ago. Gemmell is the two-time reigning Ivy League Player of the Year and finished second in the CSA Individual National Championship last year after winning the title and going undefeated as a freshman.
Cortes, a senior co-captain, was part of the first women's intercollegiate doubles champions in 2010-11 alongside Sarah Mumanachit, who returns for her junior season.
Last season, Harvard finished No. 2 in the Dunlop CSA Rankings after compiling an 11-2 overall record and 5-1 mark in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson lost two 5-4 decisions to Yale to finish in second place of the Ivy League and Howe Cup, presented to the collegiate squash national champion.