Harvard Still Atop Women's Squash Standings
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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard is still unbeaten and has now won 20 straight matches, but the Ivy League is also still showing its strength as a whole with the entire League currently ranked in the top 10 nationally.
Altogether, the Ivies have lost just five matches out of League play. The eight Ivy teams are a combined 44-5 out of conference this season.
The Crimson hold a one-game lead over Yale and Penn in the standings heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Harvard faces Yale on Friday before closing at home against Brown on Sunday. Meanwhile, a Yale win on Friday could set the stage for a potential three-way title.
Here is a quick look at each team:
The No. 10-ranked Bears are 10-5 overall, but 0-5 in League play. In fact, outside of the League, the Bears have won 72 of 90 individual matches, but just six of 45 inside the Ancient Eight. Two of those individual wins came against Yale on Tuesday night. Isabel Scherl, owner of one of those wins over Yale, is now 11-4 on the year, while Skylar Murphy is 10-5. The Bears' hopes of a Howe Cup bid probably ride on Friday's match-up with Dartmouth.
Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 7 Dartmouth, Feb. 9 at Harvard, Feb. 11 Williams.
The Lions are No. 9 in the Dunlop rankings with a 6-4 overall mark. Dropping a pair last week to Dartmouth and Harvard at home, Columbia fell to 1-4 in League play. Diya Kumar is 7-1 this season for the Lions, while Catherine Jenkins is 7-2.
Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 7 Princeton, Feb 9 at Penn.
The Big Red, ranked No. 6, ran their mark to 7-3 on the year with a win over Dartmouth on Sunday, 7-2. Cornell has won three of its last four, the lone setback coming against top-ranked Harvard. Sydney Francis and Olivia Wherry are tied for the best individual mark on the squad, both going 7-2 thus far. Wherry recorded the lone individual win for Cornell against Harvard, defeating Isabelle Dowling in a thrilling five-game match (11-5, 6-11, 14-12, 11-13, 11-8).
Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 7 Penn, Feb. 7 William Smith, Feb. 9 at Princeton.
The No. 8 Big Green is 3-6 on the year overall, 1-4 in Ivy play. Their 5-4 win over Columbia last Friday has them hanging on to that No. 8 ranking and a chance to play in the Howe Cup bracket. Friday's match-up with Brown will play a big part in that selection, as well. Oona Morris has a team-best six wins in individual competition.
Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 7 at Brown, Feb. 9 Yale, Feb. 12 at Williams.
The two-time defending national champions, Harvard is now 10-0 overall and 5-0 in Ivy play. The Crimson have won 20 straight matches dating back to last year. Two-time defending individual national champion Amanda Sobhy is 7-0 thus far this season to run her collegiate record to 37-0. Her win on Tuesday night kept Harvard's winning streak alive, snapping a 4-4 tie to turn back No. 2-ranked Trinity, 5-4. Dileas MacGowan is having an outstanding freshman campaign, compiling a perfect 10-0 mark thus far.
Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 7 at Yale, Feb. 9 Brown.
Penn is 8-2 overall and 4-1 in Ivy play to earn its No. 3 ranking. The Quakers' two setbacks were consecutive 6-3 losses to Harvard and Trinity in mid-January. Last weekend, Penn defeated Yale, 5-4 and Brown 9-0. Chloe Blacker is 7-0 on the year, while Courtney Jones and Haidi Lala are both 8-2. The Quakers still have an outside shot at a share of the Ivy title if Harvard falters. Penn faces Cornell and Columbia to close out the regular season.
Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 7 at Cornell, Feb. 9 Columbia.
Princeton dropped a 5-4 decision at home against Yale on Sunday, but bounced back in a second match that day, defeating Stanford, 9-0, to put the Tigers at 7-3 overall, 2-3 in Ivy play. The Yale defeat caused the two teams to flip positions in the Dunlop rankings as the Tigers now sit at No. 5. The Tigers are still in good position to get a slot in the Howe Cup bracket, however, when Princeton plays host to the national team championships later this month. Princeton's seven wins this season have all been 9-0 shutouts. Hallie Dewey is a perfect 10-0 for Princeton this season.
Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 7 at Columbia, Feb. 9 Cornell.
Yale hosts a showdown with Harvard on Friday. The Bulldogs are 14-2 overall and 4-1 in League play, one game behind Harvard. A Yale win could setup the first shared title in Ivy League women's squash history (since 1983). In 16 matches this season, Yale has only lost 16 individual matches, 10 of those coming in 5-4 defeats against Trinity and Penn. Twelve of Yale's 14 wins have come by 9-0 scores. Annie Ballaine is a perfect 16-0 for the Bulldogs this season.
Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 7 Harvard, Feb. 9 at Dartmouth.