No. 1 Women’s Squash Kicks off 2014 With Midweek Match Up

Murray is one of four Crimson athletes with a team-high three wins (Photo Courtsey: Harvard Athletic Communication). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 ranked Harvard women's squash team returns to action in the New Year with a trip to No. 15 Williams Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Crimson continued its early season dominance, picking up its third shutout in as many opportunities by knocking off Drexel and Boston College, 9-0, Dec. 6 in the Murr Center. The Crimson swept all 18 of its matches against its two opponents. Amanda Sobhy, Haley Mendez and Saumya Karki posted 3-0 decisions in the top three spots against the Dragons, while Dileas MacGowan, Isabelle Dowling and Megan Murray got the job done at the top of the lineup against the Eagles.

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About Harvard
The Crimson is currently, 3-0 and have swept each of its opponents as the squad is a combined 29-0.  Sobhy remains undefeated in the No. 1 spot, while Mendez and Karki are unbeaten in the second and third position respectively. Dowling is 1-0 in the No. 2 position and 2-0 in the No. 8 position while Murray is undefeated in the third position (1-0) and ninth spot (2-0). 

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Unbeaten Beginnings
The Crimson is looking to go 4-0 for the tenth consecutive year after dropping its fourth contest of the 2003-04 season to Trinity. Harvard has also come out on the winning side in its season opener in all 39 years of its existence after blanking Dartmouth, 9-0, in this year's lid lifter. The team has also started 3-0 in 37 consecutive years after dropping its second match of the 1973-74 season to Wellsley, 4-3.

Break Out the Broom
Harvard has swept its first three opponents for the eighth time in program history. In 2010-11, the Crimson set the program record with six consecutive shutout victories to open a season.  The program record for shutouts in a season is 10, set by the 2011-12 team and equaled by the 2012-13 squad.

New Kids on the Block
The six freshmen have made a significant impact through the first three matches of the 2013-14 season, as the class is a combined 10-0. MacGowan and Caroline Monrad are each 3-0. MacGowan is 1-0 in the No. 1 position and 2-0 in the No. 7 position, with Katherine Tutrone owns a 2-0 mark in the No. 4 position. Emily Jones and Keegan Mendez were both victories in their only appearance of the season thus far.

About No. 15 Williams
Williams carries a 6-5 record into the weekend. The Ephs snapped a five game losing streak as the Ephs swept Colby, 9-0, before handing St. Lawrence, 8-1 defeat. Williams is led by Alyssa Northop and Ellie O'Neill. Northop split her games, defeating Julia Wolpow of Colby 10-2, 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 before falling to St. Lawrence's Jillian Baker in five matches. O'Neill clinched two victories outlasting Elizabeth Brehman (11-4, 11-6, 11-4) and Zoe Kagan (7-11, 11-3, 11-3, 11-3).

All-Times Against The Ephs
Harvard and Williams will meet for the 36th time in program history, as the Crimson own a 31-4 advantage over the Ephs. Harvard has defeated Williams 31 consecutive times, a streak that dates back to Feb., 26, 1978.

Looking Ahead
Harvard returns back to the courts of the Murr Center this weekend as it hosts Ivy League rivals Princeton Jan. 11 at noon and Penn Jan. 12 at noon.