No. 1 Women’s Squash Opens 2016-17 Campaign with No. 9 Dartmouth

The Crimson is coming off consecutive national titles for the second time in the last five years (Gil Talbot).

Matchup
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   No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 9 Dartmouth
Wednesday, Dec. 7 / 4 p.m.
Murr Center Squash Courts
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard leads, 46-3
W, 9-0 (Dec. 1, 2016)
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
– The No. 1 women's squash team begins its 2016-17 season with a home Ivy League contest against No. 9 Dartmouth at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The Crimson is set defend its back-to-back national championships this year.

National Rankings
The Crimson enters the year as the No. 1 team in the nation according to the Women's College Squash Association Preseason Rankings.

Related Link: Women's Squash Ranked No. 1 in Dunlop 2016-17 Women's College Squash Association Preseason Rankings

Making it Look Easy
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.

Leaders of the Pack
Seniors Dileas MacGowan and Caroline Monrad will serve as team captains for the 2016-17 season. MacGowan finished last season with a 12-3 mark while primarily playing at the No. 8 position, while Monrad earned victories at No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 last year.

Familiar Faces
Harvard returns nine players from last year's championship squad, led by Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year Sabrina Sobhy. Returners junior Alyssa Mehta and sophomore Kayley Leonard were also named to the All-Ivy team. All three players were selected to the CSA All-America first team as well.

Incoming Freshman
The Crimson welcomes four incoming freshmen that will look to help guide the Crimson back to national title contention. Eleonore Evans, Amelia Henley, Gina Kennedy and Annika Engstrom will join Harvard this season.

Scouting No. 9 Dartmouth
Dartmouth opened the 2016-17 season with matches against Trinity and Franklin & Marshall this past weekend. The Big Green fell to Trinity, 7-2, before rolling to an 8-1 win over Franklin & Marshall. Dartmouth is coming off its first Kurtz Cup in four years after defeating then-No. 10 Drexel to take home the B Division National Championship. Dartmouth is led by senior captain Jacqueline Barnes.

Up Next
The Crimson will return to action on Friday, January 13 when it travels to take on Drexel at 12 p.m.

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