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 Particulars:
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.

About Harvard:
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.

About Cornell:
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.

Family Feud:
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.

Up Next:
After a 55-day break from competition, Harvard travels to Hartford, Conn. to take on Trinity, Jan. 30, 2010.