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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League holds the top four spots and seven of the top-10 overall in the latest Dunlop Women’s College Squash Association (CSA) Team Rankings. Harvard, Yale, Penn and Princeton occupy No. 1 through 4, Cornell comes in at No. 7, Dartmouth is No. 8 and Brown is No. 10. Columbia is ranked No. 15.
Yale and Harvard are tied in the Ivy League standings at 3-0 apiece, while Penn and Cornell are both 2-1 on the year. The Bulldogs are 12-0 overall and Harvard is 10-0.
The CSA Team Championships will take place from Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-26, in Cambridge, Mass. The CSA Individual Championships will be held in Amherst, Mass., from March 2-4.
Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads this season:
Brown (8-3, 1-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The No. 10-ranked Bears opened their Ivy League slate with an 8-1 win over No. 15 Columbia before suffering consecutive conference shutouts to No. 7 Cornell and No. 2 Yale. Freshman Katherine Elliott-Moskwa came the closest to a victory against the Big Red, falling in five games at number five. In its non-conference slate, Brown took down No. 11 Williams, 6-3, No. 17 Amherst, 9-0, No. 19 Bowdoin, 9-0, and No. 21 Colby, 8-1.
Brown’s Return to the Courts: Saturday, Feb. 4 at Penn
Columbia (5-6, 0-3 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Lions are ranked No. 15 in the latest CSA Team poll. It has been feast or famine for Columbia, as seven of the team’s 11 matches have been decided by a score of 9-0. The Lions are 5-2 in those contests. In Ivy League action, Columbia has fallen to No. 7 Cornell, 9-0, No. 10 Brown, 8-1, and No. 2 Yale, 9-0. Sophomore Katie Quan was the lone winner for the Lions in Ivy League action, as she bested her opponent in four sets in the squad’s loss to Brown. Columbia’s non-conference schedule has been highlighted by 9-0 wins over No. 19 Bowdoin and No. 22 Connecticut College.
Columbia’s Return to the Courts: Friday, Feb. 3 vs. Harvard
Cornell (8-3, 2-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Cornell is on a three-match winning streak and ranked No. 7 in the latest CSA Team poll. The Big Red also has a five-match win streak under its belt this season. All eight of Cornell’s victories have been by a final score of 9-0. In Ivy League action, the Big Red defeated No. 15 Columbia, 9-0, and No. 10 Brown, 9-0, and lost to No. 2 Yale, 9-0. After helping the team sweep No. 16 Hamilton and No. 9 Bates, junior Jaime Laird and sophomore Jesse Pacheco are both 7-2 on the year while freshman Danielle Letourneau is 6-3.
Cornell’s Return to the Courts: Friday, Feb. 3 vs. Franklin & Marshall
Dartmouth (3-4, 0-3 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: After a three-match losing streak, Dartmouth has won two of its past three contests to improve to 3-4 overall. The Big Green, ranked No. 8 in the latest CSA Team poll, is 0-3 in Ivy League action with 9-0 losses to No. 4 Princeton and No. 3 Penn and an 8-1 defeat at the hands of No. 1 Harvard. Sophomore Katherine Nimmo is the lone Dartmouth player to earn an Ivy League victory, a straight-set win at number nine in the team’s loss to the Crimson. Nimmo leads the team with a 4-1 non-conference record while freshmen Oona Morris and Helena Darling are each 3-1 in non-conference action this season.
Dartmouth’s Return to the Courts: Saturday, Feb. 4 at Cornell
Harvard (10-0, 3-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Harvard is No. 1 in the latest CSA Team poll and tied with Yale for first-place in the Ivy League with three wins against zero losses. The Crimson’s 3-0 Ivy League mark includes an 8-1 win over No. 8 Dartmouth, a 7-2 win over No. 3 Penn and a 5-4 win over No. 4 Princeton. Harvard has shut out five opponents and has lost just 11 games over the course of the season. The Crimson boasts three players who are undefeated this season in junior Sarah Mumanachit (8-0), freshman Megan Murray (6-0) and junior Laura Gemmell (6-0) as well as multiple members who have just one loss, led by freshmen Haley Mendez (9-1) and Julianne Chu (8-1).
Harvard’s Return to the Courts: Friday, Feb. 3 at Columbia
Penn (4-2, 2-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Penn comes in at No. 3 in the latest CSA Team rankings. The Quakers’ lone League loss came at the hands of No. 2 Harvard, a 7-2 setback. Junior co-captain Pia Trikha and sophomore Chloe Blacker were Penn’s two winners against the Crimson; Trikha is 4-1 on the season and 3-0 against Ivy League opponents. Freshman Leslie Gill and sophomore Courtney Jones are each 5-1 on the year. Penn handed No. 8 Dartmouth a 9-0 loss and defeated No. 11 Williams and No. 18 Franklin & Marshall by the same score. The Quakers are coming off a hard-fought, 5-4 loss to No. 5 Trinity.
Penn’s Return to the Courts: Saturday, Feb 4 vs. Brown; vs. Stanford
Princeton (5-2, 1-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Princeton is No. 4 in the latest CSA Team rankings. The Tigers’ two losses have come to No. 3 Penn, 6-3, and No. 1 Harvard, 5-4. Against the top-ranked Crimson, sophomore Libby Eyre, freshman Nicole Bunyan, junior Casey Cortes and sophomore Caroline Feeley all picked up victories. The match came down to the number four contest, as sophomore Lexi Saunders took Harvard’s Haley Mendez to five games before eventually succumbing. All five of Princeton’s wins have been shutouts, including a 9-0 victory over No. 8 Dartmouth.
Princeton’s Return to the Courts: Friday, Feb. 3 vs. Stanford
Yale (12-0, 3-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Bulldogs are ranked No. 2 in the country in the latest CSA Team poll and are tied with Harvard for first-place in the Ivy League. Yale’s three Ivy League wins have come at the expense of Cornell (9-0), Columbia (9-0) and Brown (9-0). Ten of Yale’s 12 victories have been of the shutout variety, including non-conference wins over No. 5 Trinity and No. 6 Stanford. Sophomore defending national champion Millie Tomlinson, the No. 1-ranked player in the country, is 8-0 on the year and has dropped just one game this season.
Yale’s Return to the Courts: Saturday, Feb. 4 at Princeton
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