Yale Plays Host to CSA Women's Team Championships
Portions courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The top women's teams in college squash descend on New Haven, Conn., this weekend for the 2013 College Squash Association (CSA) Women's Team Championships.
This year's event runs Feb. 15-17 and features 42 teams participating in six divisions: Howe Cup (A Division), Kurtz Cup (B Division), Walker Cup (C Division), Epps Cup (D Division), the E Division, and the Emerging Teams Division. Matches will be played at Yale's Brady Squash Center and the Hopkins School.
Once again, the Ivy League boasts six of the nation's top ranked teams with Princeton coming in as the top seed. The Tigers (11-0, 7-0 Ivy League) enters the Howe Cup as the CSA's lone unbeaten team and is seeking its first national team title since 2009.
Princeton opens play Friday against eigth-seeded Brown. If the Tigers take care of business in that match, it sets up for a wild final weekend. Princeton would then play in the first semifinal (Courts 1-3), a 1:30 p.m .matchup against the winner of Friday's quarterfinal between fourth-seeded Trinity and fifth-seeded Yale.
The Tigers were scheduled to play Trinity last weekend, though the winter storm forced the match to be cancelled. Princeton and Trinity have played four times in the last two seasons, and both won twice. Both of the Tigers' wins came in the Jadwin Squash Courts, while Trinity won once at home and once in Cambridge during the 2011 Howe Cup Championships.
If Yale wins, it would set up a rematch of the Feb. 2 match at Brady, when Princeton pulled out a 5-4 victory over the Bulldogs.
In other Howe Cup action, third-seeded Penn faces sixth-seeded Cornell on Friday morning with the winner set to face the winner of the first-round matchup between second-seeded Harvard and seventh-seeded Stanford.
Dartmouth and Columbia are representing the League in the Kurtz Cup bracket with the ninth-seeded Big Green opening against 16th-seeded Amherset and the 12th-seeded Lions taking on 13th-seeded George Washington on Friday afternoon.