PRINCETON, N.J. -- Led by defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Harvard, the Ivy League holds four of the top five spots and seven of the top-10 overall in the latest Dunlop Women's College Squash Association (CSA) Team Rankings.
After Harvard at No. 1, Yale is No. 2, Princeton is at No. 4 and Penn is at No. 5. Cornell is No. 6, followed by Dartmouth at No. 8 and Brown No. 9. Columbia is ranked No. 14. Six of the eight teams entered the holiday break with unblemished records thus far this season and five of those haven't lost an individual match thus far, recording all 9-0 shutouts this season.
Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads thus far in the early season:
Brown (4-0, 0-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The No. 9-ranked Bears have won each of their first four matches by shutout. Brown has won all 36 matches thus far in facing Wesleyan, Wellesley, Colby and Connecticut College. Isabel Pitaro has been strong for Brown in the early going, having nearly dominated all four of her matches with three-game wins.
Brown's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 vs. No. 14 Columbia at Stanford, Conn.
Columbia (0-1, 0-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Columbia is ranked No. 14 in the latest Women's CSA Team poll. After a match with Georgetown was cancelled in late November, Columbia got to open its season against Cornell on Dec. 2. The Lions dropped a 9-0 decision to the Big Red. The Lions return seven student-athletes from last year's squad, including the top three players in Alisha Maity, Katie Quan and Kate Calihan.
Columbia's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 vs. No. 9 Brown
Cornell (4-0, 1-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Cornell is ranked No. 6 in the latest Women's CSA Team poll. The Big Red have three shutouts thus far, blanking No. 10 Williams, No. 16 Hamilton and No. 14 Columbia. Abbey Foster and Margaret Remsen are both a perfect 4-0 thus far this season for Cornell. Danielle Letourneau, a unanimous selection for All-Ivy last season, is 3-0. The Big Red will have a big test when they return after the break, hosting second-ranked Yale.
Cornell's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 vs. No. 2 Yale
Dartmouth (3-1, 0-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Dartmouth is ranked No. 8 in the latest Women's CSA Team poll. The Big Green have won three in a row after dropping the season-opener at top-ranked Harvard. Dartmouth has responded to that loss with three straight shutouts against St. Lawrence, Bowdoin and Franklin & Marshall. In fact, in those 27 individual match wins, Dartmouth has only lost one game. Corey Schafer, an All-Ivy selection last year, is 2-1 thus far playing in the No. 1 slot for the Big Green.
Dartmouth's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 at No. 4 Princeton
Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Defending national champion Harvard has continued its dominance with three straight 9-0 wins to open the 2012-13 season. The top-ranked Crimson have now won 20 straight matches dating back to last season, including eight of the last 10 by a 9-0 shutout. In the shutout of No. 10 Williams, Harvard's Laura Gemmell, making her second start at No. 1, surrendered only 10 points to make quick work of Laura Henry.
Harvard's Return to the Courts: Jan. 9 vs. No. 13 Bates
Penn (4-0, 0-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Penn is ranked No. 5 in the latest Women's CSA Team poll. The Quakers have rolled through their early slate, picking up four straight shutout wins. More impressively, each win has come with all nine individuals winning 3-0. The most recent of those victories came on the road against No. 10 Williams. Nabilla Ariffin and Rachael Goh, All-Ivy selections the last two years, are both 3-0 thus far this year. The Quakers will be tested when they come back from the holiday break as they host top-ranked Harvard to start a four-match home stand.
Penn's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 vs. No. 1 Harvard
Princeton (3-0, 0-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Princeton checks in at No. 4 in the latest Women's CSA Team poll. The Tigers have blanked Franklin & Marshall, Drexel and No. 10 Williams thus far this year. Three-time All-Ivy selection Julie Cerullo is off to a 3-0 start in the No. 1 position for the Tigers. The Tigers will return from the holiday break with three straight Ivy matches, hosting Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn.
Princeton's Return to the Courts: Jan. 12 against No. 8 Dartmouth
Yale (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: Yale is ranked No. 2 in the latest Women's CSA Team poll. The Bulldogs opened the season on Nov. 30 with a 9-0 win over No. 15 Franklin & Marshall. Last year's national team runner-up, the Bulldogs are led by junior Millie Tomlinson, the 2012 CSA individual runner-up.
Yale's Return to the Courts: Jan. 5 at Williamstown, Mass. vs. Williams and Colby