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Top-Ranked Women’s Squash Hosts St. Lawrence, Visits Cornell & Columbia

 

 

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Stream
Series
Last 
Streak

   No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 21 St. Lawrence
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
 12 p.m.
Murr Center
Ivy League Network
Harvard leads, 2-0
W, 9-0 (Jan. 18, 2016)
W2

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

   No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 8 Cornell
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
 12 p.m.
Belkin International Squash Courts
Harvard leads, 24-0
W, 9-0 (Feb. 5, 2016)
W24

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Series
Last 
Streak

   No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 7 Columbia
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2018
 12 p.m.
SL Green StreetSquash Center
Harvard leads, 7-0
W, 9-0 (Feb. 24, 2017)
W7

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard women's squash team returns from winter break with a match against No. 21 St. Lawrence on Thursday, Jan. 11. The third all-time meeting between the Crimson (1-0) and Saints (0-2) will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network from the Murr Center. The Crimson will then turn its attention to a pair of top-10, Ivy League foes in No. 8 Cornell (3-1) and No. 7 Columbia (5-0). Both matches are on the road. 

Scouting St. Lawrence
The Saints returned four players that helped them reach the consolation finals of the CSA Team National Championship in 2016-17. However, St. Lawrence has been shut out in both of its matches this year. SLU dropped the season-opener, 9-0, to No. 15 Middlebury College on Dec. 2, before losing to No. 13 University of Virginia, 9-0, the following day. Harvard has won the only two matches between the two schools. The most recent defeat of the Saints occurred in 2016. 

Scouting Cornell
The match versus Harvard will be the first for the Big Red in 2018. Cornell dropped a 7-2 decision to Columbia and then routed the University of Virginia, 8-1, prior to beginning its 42-day hiatus. The Big Red are led by returning Second-Team All-American honorees Michèle Garceau and Margaux Losty. In the contests before the break, Losty went 1-1 at the No. 2 spot, while Garceau went 2-0 at spot three. Garceau played every match at No. 1 for Cornell last season, but senior Emma Uible competed at slot one in both matches this year. The Crimson face the Big Red on Saturday, Jan. 13 at noon. 

Scouting Columbia
The Lions boasted a clean record (5-0) heading into the winter intersession. Columbia closed out the first portion of the season with wins over Cornell and Virginia. Senior Tanvi Khanna will lead the Lions into 2018. The Second Team All-America selection is the new No. 1 after the graduation of Colette Sultana. Columbia returns its No. 2 and No. 3 players, Maddie O'Connor and Jui Kalgutkar, as well. The Lions will host No. 2 Trinity (4-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and No. 10 Dartmouth (4-1) on Saturday, Jan. 13, before Harvard comes to town. The Crimson square-off against the Lions on Sunday, Jan. 14 at noon. 

About Last Time
"It was our first match of the season," said co-captain Sue Ann Yong. "There's always nervous energy starting the first match but I thought the team did really well to get the job done today. One thing we've been working on is the mental aspect of the game and to stay mentally strong, consistently. I think this will make a big difference in how we perform for the rest of the season and we're really excited to carry this forward." 

How It Went Down
The Crimson was dominant in its season-opener. Harvard's four returning All-America selections notched straight-set victories, as did sophomores Eleonore Evans and Sophie Mehta. Freshmen Hannah Craig also won 3-0 in her collegiate debut.

 

National Rankings
The Crimson is ranked No. 1 overall in the Dunlop Women's College Association Team Rankings for the second straight week this season. Harvard entered the year as the No. 1 team in the nation for the eighth consecutive year.

What's Next?
The Crimson will enjoy a reception and dinner with the Harvard Club of NYC early next week, before turning its focus on No. 19 Tufts and No. 4 Stanford for weekend tilts at home.

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. 

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

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ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS