No. 1 Women's Squash Set to Kick Off 2010-11 Season
Bethan Williams is one of four seniors on the 2010-11 women's squash roster (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's squash team will kick off the 2010-11 season at the Barnaby courts this weekend as it welcomes a trio of competitors. No. 14 Brown travels to Cambridge Friday to face the Crimson, while No. 6 Stanford and No. 9 Williams will take to the courts on Sunday.
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The Crimson captured the 12th national team title in program history last season, defeating No. 3 Penn, 6-3, in the CSA National Team Championship final. The win capped a perfect 12-0 season for Harvard.
Harvard returns seven of nine student-athletes that saw significant court time last season. The top five remains intact from last season's national championship team, including CSA individual national champion, Laura Gemmell. Three freshmen join the 2010-11 squad.
Brown enters play this season looking to improve on its 6-9 record from 2009-10. The Bears reached the final of the Kurtz Cup last season before falling to Dartmouth, 7-2. Brown downed Hamilton and Bates en route to reaching the final.
After only eight seasons as a varsity squad, the Cardinal finished the 2009-10 season ranked No. 6 in the nation. Stanford loses only one player from last year's 8-7 squad and is looking to build on the programs recent success.
No. 9 Williams is coming off 16-11 season in which they finished eighth overall. The Ephs lose their top two, along with their No. 5 and 8 from a year ago. Head coach Zafi Levy looks to continue his streak of success, since taking the helm in 2003, the Ephs have only finished outside the top eight once.
The Harvard women's squash team will be in action again on Dec. 1, as it hosts the Big Green of Dartmouth in an Ancient Eight matchup.