No. 1 Women’s Squash Going for Fourth Straight National Championship on Home Courts


  No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 8 Cornell
Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
 4 p.m.
Murr Center
Harvard leads, 25-0
W, 9-0 (Jan. 13, 2018)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's squash team is the top-seed for the 2018 Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Team Championship tournament being hosted at the Murr Center beginning on Friday, Feb. 16. The Crimson will put its 50-match winning streak on the line as it pursues a fourth straight Howe Cup. Harvard will open the competition against No. 8 Cornell on Friday at 4 p.m. In addition to providing live scoring for every match, the CSA will stream select matches throughout the weekend.

The top-ranked Crimson received the No. 1 seed after winning all 12 of its matches this season. Princeton is No. 2, followed by Trinity, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Penn, and Cornell. The winner of the Harvard/Cornell match will play the victor of the Stanford/Yale match on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The losers will play at 11:30 a.m. 

The Crimson
Harvard went a combined 104-4 this season. Ninety-three of those wins have been 3-0 shutouts. The Crimson lineup features eight players with record of 10 or more wins: Eleonore Evans (12-0), Amelia Henley (11-0), Gina Kennedy (12-0), Kayley Leonard (12-0), Sophie Mehta (12-0), Hannah Craig (11-0), captain Alyssa Mehta (11-0), and captain Sue Ann Yong (10-1). When in the lineup, Sabrina Sobhy (7-2) played all but the final two matches at the No. 1 slot.

Last Weekend
Harvard swept No. 5 Yale and No. 10 Brown to complete the regular season 12-0 and capture its 22nd Ivy League Championship. The win versus Brown marked the 50th consecutive win for the Crimson.

Scouting Cornell
The Big Red (10-6, 2-5 Ivy) closed out its regular season with losses to No. 5 Yale, 9-0, No. 7 Penn, 6-3, and No. 2 Princeton, 9-0. Since playing the Crimson on Jan. 13, Emma Uible has moved to the No. 2 spot, while Michele Garceau moved up to the No. 1 slot. The remainder of the lineup has stayed consistent. Harvard has won 25 straight matches versus Cornell.

Last Time vs. Cornell
No. 1 - Sabrina Sobhy (H) def. Emma Uible, 11-5, 11-1, 11-1
No. 2 - Kayley Leonard (H) def. Michele Garceau, 11-2, 11-7, 11-8
No. 3 - Gina Kennedy (H) def. Margaux Losty, 11-3, 11-4, 12-10
No. 4 - Alyssa Mehta (H) def. Nghi Nguyen, 11-4, 11-7, 11-0
No. 5 - Amelia Henley (H) def. Madison Miles, 11-4, 11-3, 11-5
No. 6 - Sue Ann Yong (H) def. Colby Gallagher, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
No. 7 - Eleonore Evans (H) def. Charlotte Knaggs, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6
No. 8 - Sophie Mehta (H) def. Lucy Martin, 11-4, 11-6, 11-3
No. 9 - Hannah Craig (H) def. Lauren Leizman, 11-5, 11-5, 11-2
Ex. Annika Engstrom (H) def. Hannah Scherl, 11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3

Scouting Stanford
The Cardinal (14-3) have won four straight matches heading into the postseason. Stanford beat No. 6 Columbia, 8-1, No. 4 Yale, 6-3, and California twice, 9-0, 9-0. The Cardinal will likely have two alterations to its lineup since playing Harvard on Jan. 21. Tara Shannon has been playing at the No. 3, moving the rest of the lineup down one spot. Juliette Love has been playing at No. 9., with Tatyanna Dadabbo and Anna Marie Manning holding exhibitions. 

Last Time vs. Stanford
No. 1 - Gina Kennedy (H) def. Casey Wong, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
No. 2 - Kayley Leonard (H) def. Chloe Chemtob, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4
No. 3 - Alyssa Mehta (H) def. Sarah Bell, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
No. 4 - Amelia Henley (H) def. Caroline Neave, 11-4, 11-3, 11-2
No. 5 – Sue Ann Yong (H) def. Christie Huchro, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4
No. 6 - Eleonore Evans (H) def. Lucy Rowe, 17-15, 11-4, 15-13
No. 7 - Sophie Mehta (H) def. Sumrin P. Mudgil, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8
No. 8 - Hannah Craig (H) def. Tatyanna Dadabbo, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7
No. 9 - Annika Engstrom (H) def. Anna Marie Manning, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 

Scouting Yale
Yale (10-4, 5-2 Ivy) is winner in three of its last four. The Bulldogs' only loss in the month of February came at the hands of the Crimson last Friday.

Last Time vs. Yale
No. 1 - Gina Kennedy (H) def. Lucy Beecroft, 3-1
No. 2 - Sabrina Sobhy (H), def. Helen Teegan, 3-0
No. 3 - Kayley Leonard (H) def. Celine Yeap, 3-0
No. 4 - Alyssa Mehta (H) def. Aishwarya Battacharya, 3-0
No. 5 - Amelia Henley (H) def. Jocelyn Lehman, 3-0
No. 6 - Sue Ann Yong (H) def. Selena Maity, 3-0
No. 7 - Eleonore Evans (H) def. Riya Mital, 3-1
No. 8 - Sophie Mehta (H) def. Jennifer Davis, 3-0
No. 9 - Hannah Craig (H) def. Emily Sherwood, 3-0 

Howe Cup 2017
The Crimson fought through Columbia, Princeton, and Penn on its way to the 2017 Howe Cup. Harvard swept the Lions, beat Princeton, 8-1, and defeated Penn, 7-2. All three opponents are on the other half of the bracket in 2018.

National Rankings
The Crimson retained to its No. 1 national ranking in the Dunlop Women's College Association Team Rankings for the second straight week. Harvard entered the year as the No. 1 team in the nation for the eighth consecutive year and held that ranking for 10 consecutive weeks. The poll released on Thursday, Jan. 25, saw the Crimson overtaken by Princeton due to strength of schedule. The schools' rankings remained unchanged for two weeks, before a No. 2 Harvard Squad upset No. 1 Princeton, 8-1.

Harvard Hosts the Howe Cup
The moment has arrived. The 2018 College Women's National Team Championship is taking place on Harvard's home courts. The Murr Center is hosting the tournament from Friday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 18. Harvard is the three-time defending champion of the Howe Cup.

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. At 12-0 in 2017-18, the Crimson carry a 50-match win into the final weekend of team competition.

Returning Swagger                                               
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 LeonardAlyssa Mehta, and Amelia Henley. Henley, Kennedy, Leonard, and Sabrina Sobhy were First-Team All-Ivy selections a year ago.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!

What's Next?
The women will be supporting the men in their pursuit of the CSA crown next weekend at Trinity. Two weeks from now representatives from both squads will compete for individual honors at George Washington.