No. 1 Women’s Squash Looks to Remain Unbeaten with Two Ivy Contests

Natasha Kingshott is off to a 7-1 start in individual matches, including 3-0 in the No. 3 position (photo courtesy of Dale Walker).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's squash team, ranked No. 1 in the College Squash Association (CSA) rankings, looks to continue its undefeated season with trips to Ivy League foes No. 15 Columbia (Feb. 3) and No. 7 Cornell (Feb. 5).

No. 1 Harvard
The Crimson has started the season with 10 consecutive victories, including three in Ivy League play, to earn the No. 1 ranking by the CSA. Fifteen Harvard student-athletes have combined to post an 82-13 (.863) record in individual matches and all Crimson players that have competed boast a winning percentage of over .500.

Harvard has a powerful top three with freshman Amanda Sobhy starting the year undefeated (3-0) in the No. 1 spot and All-Americans Laura Gemmell (6-0) and Nirasha Guruge (7-1) in positions No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Haley Mendez (9-1) has accumulated the most wins for the Crimson with nine, while Sarah Mumanachit (8-0) and Julianne Chu (8-1) follow with eight.

Last Time Out
The Crimson continued its winning ways with an 8-1 win over No. 5 Trinity Jan. 21 in Hartford, Conn. The Crimson broke out to a 5-1 lead to clinch the match and cruise past the Bantams.

Sobhy won her third match of the season, all in the No. 1 position, with a convincing 3-0 sweep of All-American Cataline Pelaez. Harvard, which won for the fifth consecutive time over Trinity, also received wins from Gemmell (No. 2), Guruge (No. 3) and Mendez (No. 4) in the top four.

No. 15 Columbia
The Lions are 5-6 overall and 0-3 in the Ivy League with losses to No. 7 Cornell, No. 2 Yale and No. 10 Brown. Most recently, Columbia capped a four-match home weekend with a 2-2 record. The Lions swept No. 29 Georgetown and No. 23 Connecticut College, but fell to No. 9 Williams and No. 12 Middlebury.

The meeting between Columbia and Harvard will mark the first time the two programs have met since the Lions became a varsity program in 2010-11.

No. 7 Cornell
The Big Red is riding a three match with sweeps over No. 11 Brown, No. 24 Hamilton and No. 18 Bates over the last two weeks. Entering the weekend, Cornell (8-3, 2-1 Ivy) stands in third place in the Ivy League behind undefeated Harvard and Yale.

Harvard has won all 17 meetings between the two teams in the all-time series.

Up Next
Harvard welcomes Brown to the Murr Center Feb. 10, before traveling to Yale Feb. 12 to finish regular season play.