No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 19 Tufts
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 4 Stanford
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The top-ranked Harvard women's squash team will defend its home courts against No. 19 Tufts and No. 4 Stanford this weekend. The Crimson (4-0, 3-0 Ivy League) meet the Jumbos (9-2) on Saturday, Jan. 20, at noon and take on the Cardinal (7-1) Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The matches will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network.
Harvard is coming off shutout victories over No. 21 St. Lawrence, No. 8 Cornell, and No. 7 Columbia. The new year saw the return of junior Sabrina Sobhy and her presence at the top slot. Junior Kayley Leonard assume command of spot two, while sophomore Gina Kennedy took over spot three. There has been minor movement at positions four through eight based on lineup the Crimson send into competition. Senior Alyssa Mehta is likely the four, with sophomore Amelia Henley, captain Sue Ann Yong, second-year Eleonore Evans, and junior Sophie Mehta filling in the ladder. In these matches, spot nine provided opportunities for freshmen Hannah Craig and Olivia Chapman.
The Jumbos enter Saturday's contest on a three-match win-streak. Tufts beat Connecticut College, 9-0, No. 30 Haverford, 9-0, and No. 17 Dickinson, 6-3. The Jumbos were swept by No. 4 Stanford in their first match of the new year. Freshman Julie Yeung handled all four contests in the first slot. However, the remainder of the lineup was shuffled significantly. Harvard has not dropped a game to Tufts since Dec. 1, 1976, a stretch that spans nine matches.
Following a 6-3 loss to then-No. 4 Princeton on Nov. 19, Stanford notched five consecutive wins. The Cardinal beat No. 9 Drexel, No. 25 Hamilton, No. 20 Wesleyan, No. 11 Brown, and No. 19 Tufts. Each match was at home, yet the remainder of Stanford schedule will be played on the east coast. Stanford will play No. 8 Cornell and No. 14 Williams on Saturday, then face No. 10 Dartmouth after taking on the Crimson. Sophomore Casey Wong has contested all her matches at the number one spot. When playing higher-ranked opponents, Stanford has adjusted slots two through four with sophomore Chloe Chemtob, freshman Caroline Neave, junior Tara Shannon, and senior Christie Huchro.
About Last Time
Harvard continued to exert itself as the premier program in the nation with shutouts against top-10, Ivy League opponents. Only one match on the weekend was extended to more than three games.
The Crimson is ranked No. 1 overall in the Dunlop Women's College Association Team Rankings for the 10th straight week this season. Harvard entered the year as the No. 1 team in the nation for the eighth consecutive year.
Harvard Hosts The Howe Cup
The 2018 College Women's National Team Championship will take place on Harvard's home courts. The Murr Center will host the tournament from Friday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 18. Harvard is the three-time defending champion of the Howe Cup. The Crimson captured its third title with defeats of Columbia, 9-0, Princeton, 8-1, and Penn, 7-2.
Practice Makes Perfect
The Crimson went 13-0 in 2015-16, with eight shut-out wins. Harvard went undefeated again in the 2016-17 season, earning 15 wins. Ten of the team's victories were 9-0 victories. Harvard's last loss was a 5-4 decision at Penn on Jan. 11, 2015.
Harvard returned 10 players from the 2016-17 squad, including Ramsay Cup Winner and Ivy League Rookie of the Year Gina Kennedy. Included in that total are four CSA All-America first and second team selections: Kennedy, Kayley Leonard, Alyssa Mehta, and Amelia Henley. Henley, Kennedy, Leonard, and Sabrina Sobhy were First-Team All-Ivy selections a year ago.
Ivy League Network
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The Crimson welcome No. 9 Drexel (3-6) to Murr on Sunday, Jan. 28 at noon, then travel to play No. 2 Trinity (6-1) on Monday at 4 p.m.