Women's Squash Update 2
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League women’s
squash season is well underway and the race for the Friends of
Harvard Squash Trophy, given annually to the Ivy League
women’s squash champion, is heating up.
In Ivy action, Harvard and Yale are tied atop the standings with identical 3-0 records. Princeton also checks in with an undefeated Ivy League mark at 2-0 on the season, while the Penn Quakers are 2-1. Dartmouth, Brown and Cornell are still looking for their first Ivy wins of the 2010-11 season.
The next Ivy League contest will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 26 when Princeton plays host to Penn at 7:00 p.m. at the Jadwin Squash Courts. That match between the Tigers and Quakers could go a long way in determining the 2011 Ivy League champion as, dating back to the inaugural season of Ivy women’s squash in 1983, the League champion has finished with an undefeated mark in each of the 28 seasons.
All eight Ivy League schools cracked the top-20 in the latest set of 2010-2011 Dunlop Women’s College Squash Team Rankings, which were released on Jan. 14., led by top-ranked Harvard and second-ranked Yale. Princeton is ranked fourth, Penn fifth, Cornell seventh, Dartmouth eighth, Brown tenth and Columbia 17th.
Complete women’s CSA team rankings
Complete women’s CSA individual rankings
What follows is a brief team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads as they pursue the Friends of Harvard Squash Trophy and then set their sights on the Collegiate Squash Association’s (CSA) Team Championships, which will be hosted by the Princeton Tigers on Feb. 18-20 in Princeton, N.J.
#10 Brown (4-3, 0-3 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Bears opened their second half of the season with dominating wins over Bowdoin (9-0), Amherst (7-2) and Mount Holyoke (8-1). Brown was led by freshman Sarah Domenick, who recorded three victories at the No. 2 position in the three Bear wins.
Brown’s Next Ivy Match: Feb. 5, 2011 at Yale (New Haven, Conn.)
Results & Highlights: Columbia is playing as a varsity squad for the first time in 2010-11, but the Lions are not competing in the Ivy Round Robin schedule this season. The Lions most recently posted a 5-0 record at the Pioneer Valley Invitational on Jan. 14 – 16 in South Hadley, Mass. The five wins included shutouts over Smith and Wellesley and a 6-3 upset win over 13th-ranked Mount Holyoke. Against Mount Holyoke, Morgan Strauss, Jenny Schroder and Anne Cheng all won in sets.
Columbia’s Next Match: Jan. 22 vs. Bates (New York, N.Y.)
#7 Cornell (1-4, 0-4 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Big Red returned from break with a 9-0 home loss to second-ranked Yale on Jan. 15. Seven of the nine matches were decided in straight sets, with only Cornell’s Lauren Sachvie at No. 4 and Jennifer Gemmell at No. 3 sending their matches to four sets.
Cornell’s Next Ivy Match: Jan. 29, 2011 vs. Dartmouth (Ithaca, N.Y.)
#8 Dartmouth (6-3, 0-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Big Green returned from break with a match against Ivy foe Yale on Jan. 8 and fell to the Bulldogs, 6-3. But Dartmouth rebounded to post a 4-1 mark since that loss to Yale, including shutout wins over Amherst (9-0), Mount Holyoke (9-0), Franklin & Marshall (9-0) and Bates (9-0).
Dartmouth’s Next Ivy Match: Jan. 29, 2011 at Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y.)
#1 Harvard (6-0, 3-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Crimson have opened the 2010-11 season with six consecutive 9-0 wins, including three against Ivy League opposition. Most recently, the Crimson returned from break with a dominating win at Bates on Jan. 19 that saw all nine players in the Crimson lineup record 3-0 wins. Against the Bobcats, Harvard’s Alisha Mashruwala played her first match of the season in the No. 2 spot and took the first set 11-0 and won the next two sets by identical 11-1 scores.
Harvard’s Next Ivy Match: Feb. 5, 2011 at Penn (Philadelphia, Pa.)
#5 Penn (5-1, 2-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The fifth-ranked Quakers downed ninth-ranked Williams to start the second half of their season with a 8-1 win on Jan. 15, 2011. To record eight points in the win over Williams, Penn won at the first through eighth spots on the ladder. Rachael Goh (6-0) played in the number one slot and did not miss a beat as she continued her undefeated season. The rest of the Quaker unbeatens followed suit as Annie Madeira, Yarden Odinak, and Pia Trikha also won their matches.
Penn’s Next Ivy Match: Jan. 26, 2011 at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.)
#4 Princeton (6-0, 2-0
Results & Highlights: The fourth-ranked Tigers remain on their midseason break.
Princeton’s Next Ivy Match: Jan. 26, 2011 vs. Penn (Princeton, N.J.)
#2 Yale (7-0, 3-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Bulldogs have put together an impressive January thus far by posting a 5-0 mark that includes Ivy League road wins at Dartmouth (6-3) and Cornell (9-0). Most recently, second-ranked Yale downed third-ranked Trinity, 6-3. Although Yale dropped matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions against Trinity, the Bulldogs swept the No. 3 through No. 5 positions and added wins at the No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 positions to record the overall win. Victories from Yale freshman Kimberly Hay and sophomore Katie Ballaine at No. 4 and No. 7, respectively, clinched the match.
Yale’s Next Ivy Match: : Jan. 29, 2011 vs. Princeton (New Haven, Conn.)