Looking to Grab Outright Ivy Title, No. 1 Women's Squash Travels to No. 5 Yale

Pictured: Natasha Kingshott is undefeated this season at 8-0 overall and 7-0 at the No. 5 position.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

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The Particulars:
No. 1 Harvard travels to New Haven, Conn., to face No. 5 Yale in the Crimson's final match of the regular season. The Crimson, which has already clinched at least a share of the Ivy League title, will look to win the crown outright with a victory over the Bulldogs. Harvard heads into the weekend with an 8-0 record and is 5-0 in the Ancient Eight.  Yale, meanwhile, is 7-3 overal and owns a 3-2 Ivy League record.

Follow From Home:
For a subscription, live video is available for the main courts of Harvard's men's and women's matches at Yale. Score updates will be delivered to keep fans fully informed on all of the off-screen matches. The cost to watch either the men's or women's match is $6.95, while the cost to watch both Harvard teams compete against Yale is $11.95.

Last Time Out:
The top-ranked Crimson earned a weekend sweep at home against No. 3 Penn and No. 4 Princeton, the defending national champion.  Harvard topped the Quakers, 8-1, Saturday, and tamed the Tigers, 6-3, Sunday.  Against Princeton, Harvard picked up wins at the top two spots by Laura Gemmell (No. 1) and Nirasha Guruge (No. 2). Natasha Kingshott earned a victory at the No. 5 slot, while Johanna Snyder, Sarah Mumanachit and Bethan Williams took care of positions 7-9. 

About Harvard:
The Crimson enters the weekend with a 8-0 overall record and is 5-0 in the Ivy League.  Freshman Laura Gemmell, ranked third in the most recent College Squash Association individual poll, stands at 7-0 at the No. 1 spot, while classmate Natasha Kingshott is 8-0 verall and 7-0 at the No. 5 position.  Two other Harvard players are undefeated at 8-0, as co-captain Johanna Snyder has won all of her matches, including five at the No. 7 position, and Sarah Mumanachit who is 4-0 at the No. 8 spot.

About Yale:
The Bulldogs are coming off an 8-1 win over Brown in Providence, R.I., Feb. 6.  In other Ivy matches this season, Yale has defeated Dartmouth, 9-0, and Cornell, 7-2, while the team has lost to Penn, 8-1, and Princeton, 5-4.  In seven home matches this year, the Bulldogs own a 6-1 record, the only loss coming against No. 2 Trinity by a score of 5-4.

Last Year’s Meeting:
Harvard and Yale last met at the Barnaby Courts in the regular-season finale of the 2008-09 season.  The Crimson emerged with a 6-3 victory, as Nirasha Guruge (No. 1), Alisha Mashruwala (No. 2), Bethan Williams (No. 5), Johanna Snyder (No. 6), Cece Cortes (No. 7) and Sandra Mumanachit (No. 8) earned wins for Harvard.

Leader of the Pack:
With one weekend 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 8-0 overall mark.

Dependable Dozen:
Through Harvard’s first six matches of the season, it has not dropped a match at the No. 1, 5, 7, 8, 9 or 10 positions. The Crimson is a combined 48-0 at those six slots. Harvard has had 12 different players see action at those positions this season.

17 and Growing:
After defeating Princeton last weekend, the Harvard women’s squash program has captured 17 Ivy League titles. Previously, Harvard had last won the title in 2005-06. The Crimson claimed the crown every year from 1991-92 to 1996-97.

Up Next:
The Crimson will ready for the CSA National Team Championships, set to be held in New Haven, Conn., Feb. 26-28.