No. 1 Women's Squash Welcomes No. 3 Penn, No. 4 Princeton in Home Finale

No. 1 Women's Squash Welcomes No. 3 Penn, No. 4 Princeton in Home Finale

Pictured: The Crimson's three seniors: (L to R) Katherine O'Donnell, Johanna Snyder and Sandra Mumanachit.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography.

The Particulars:
No. 1 Harvard hosts No. 3 Penn, Feb. 6, and No. 4 Princeton, Feb. 7, in critical Ivy League matches. The Crimson and Quakers are tied for first place in the Ancient Eight with undefeated records, while the Tigers sit in third with a 3-1 mark in the conference. This weekend also marks the final time that the team's three seniors will compete at the Barnaby Courts. 

Last Time Out:
The top ranked Crimson cruised past No. 2 Trinity, 7-2, Jan. 30. Harvard handed No. 6 Stanford an 8-1 loss the following day. Laura Gemmell, Natasha Kingshott, Katherine O’Donnell, Johanna Snyder, Sarah Mumanachit, Cece Cortes and Vidya Rajan each collected a pair of wins.

About Harvard:
The Crimson enters the weekend with a 6-0 overall record and is 3-0 in the Ivy League. Natasha Kingshott, Sarah Mumanachit, Katherine O’Donnell and Johanna Snyder each sport 6-0 records.  Harvard has 11 players who boast undefeated individual marks. Freshman Laura Gemmell is ranked third in the College Squash Association individual poll.

About Penn:
The Quakers own a 10-1 record overall and are 4-0 against Ivy League opponents. Penn’s one loss on the year came against No. 2 Trinity, a 5-4 decision. Rachael Goh, Annie Madeira, Christina Matthias and Yarden Odinak all sport undefeated 11-0 records. Kristen Lange is the No. 2 ranked player in the CSA individual poll.

About Princeton:
The Tigers, the reigning Ivy League and national champions, enter the weekend with an overall mark of 5-2. Princeton owns a 3-1 record in the Ivy League and is paced by senior Kaitlin Sennatt, freshmen Casey Cortes and Julie Cerrullo with six wins apiece. Jackie Moss and Vanessa Yu have each tallied five victories on the season.

Last Year’s Meetings:
Harvard and Penn met on two occasions during the 2008-09 campaign. The Crimson earned 7-2 victories in both matches. Harvard defeated Penn Feb. 7, 2009 in the regular season and again on Feb. 13, 2009 in the semifinals of the CSA National Team Championships.

Harvard and Princeton met twice during the 2008-09 campaign in two heated battles. The Crimson dropped 5-4 decisions in both matches. Harvard fell to Princeton Feb. 8, 2009 in the regular season and again on Feb. 15, 2009 in the finals of the CSA National Team Championships.

Leader of the Pack:
With two weekends left in the regular season of the 2009-10 campaign, the Crimson finds itself sitting atop the College Squash Association national rankings and the Ivy League standings with a 3-0 record against Ancient Eight opponents and 6-0 overall. Harvard currently stands tied with Penn for the league lead.

Dependable Dozen:
Through Harvard’s first six matches of the season, it has not dropped a match at the No. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 positions. The Crimson is 6-0 at each of those seven slots. Harvard has had 12 different players see action at those positions this season.

Sibling Rivalry:
Harvard sophomore Cece Cortes’ younger sister, Casey, is a freshman on the Princeton women’s squash team. Harvard’s Cortes owns a 1-0 record so far this season while Princeton’s Cortes sports a 4-1 record.

Super Sweet 16:
The Harvard women’s squash program has captured 16 Ivy League titles. The Crimson fell in last year’s title match, 5-4, to Princeton. Harvard last won the title in 2005-06. The Crimson claimed the crown every year from 1991-92 to 1996-97.

Up Next:
The Crimson closes out the regular season as it travels to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale, Feb. 13.