Sophomore Sabrina Sobhy and the Crimson will try to make it three-straight national titles this weekend at the Howe Cup (Gil Talbot).
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 8 Columbia
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard women's squash team looks for its third consecutive national championship this weekend as it enters play at the CSA Team Championship, hosted by Princeton, Feb. 24-26. The Crimson opens with a first-round matchup against No. 8 Columbia on Friday at noon.
Last Time Out
The No. 1 Harvard women's squash team earned its second consecutive Ivy Championship and finished perfect in regular season action with a 9-0 win over No. 5 Yale at the Murr Center Squash Courts on Feb. 12. The Crimson won its 12th-straight game of the season, posting a 7-0 mark in Ivy League action.
Howe Cup History
The Crimson collected its 16th CSA National Championship last season, including its second in a row, after defeating Penn in the Howe Cup, 5-4. Harvard earned its fourth national championship in the last five years after finishing with a 10-0 record during the 2015-16 campaign.
Harvard earned the top spot in the "A" Divison, holding the No. 1 ranking the entirety of the season. The Crimson opens the tournament against No. 8 Columbia, and will face the winner of No. 4 Princeton and No. 5 Yale in the second round. Penn finished the year as the second seed and will face No. 7 Cornell in the first round, while No. 3 Trinity and No. 6 Stanford will square off to round out the top eight.
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Quest for Perfection
Eight Crimson finished regular season action undefeated. Seniors Katherine Tutrone and Dileas MacGowan, as well as junior Alyssa Mehta are all 11-0, while sophomore Sophie Mehta and freshman Amelia Henley are both 10-0. Seniors Caroline Monrad and Keegan Mendez are 9-0 and 6-0, respectively, and sophomore Kayley Leonard holds a 7-0 mark this season.
Harvard won its 21st Ivy League title as it rolled to a sweep over Yale. The Crimson has won four conference championships in the last six years, including two straight. The 9-0 decision over the Bulldogs also marked the fifth sweep of an Ivy opponent this season.
The Crimson is ranked No. 1 overall in the latest Dunlop Women's College Association Team Rankings. Harvard entered the year as the No. 1 team in the nation for the seventh consecutive season.
Related link: No. 1 Harvard Women's Squash Ranked No. 1 in Final 2016-17 Dunlop Women's College Squash Team Rankings
Scouting No. 8 Columbia
The Lions hold a 6-7 mark, including 2-5 in Ivy action. Columbia has lost four of its last five matches, including a 9-0 defeat at the hands of the Crimson on Feb. 4. The Lions then rolled to a 7-2 win over Dartmouth, before falling to Penn and Princeton to conclude regular season action.