Cece Cortes (pictured) and the Crimson will go for wins seven and eight this weekend (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard women's squash team looks to remain unbeaten as it travels to No. 5 Penn and No. 4 Princeton, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Crimson will make its final regular season road trip visiting the Quakers and Tigers this weekend. Harvard holds a 34-6 all-time series lead over Penn, including winning the last four matches between the two schools. Princeton trails by only six in the all-time series against the Crimson, 26-20, and had won five in a row against Harvard until last season's 6-3 loss.
The Crimson is currently 6-0 (3-0 Ivy), having won every match this season 9-0. Harvard is 3-0 against Ancient Eight opponents and 2-0 on the road this season.
In the Jan. 19 match against Bates, the Crimson won in perfect fashion taking each individual match 3-0. Alisha Mashruwala gave up only two points to Maura Neal winning, 11-0, 11-1, 11-1. Sarah Mumanachit and Vidya Rajan also had sets in which they blanked their respective opponents.
The Quakers are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Ivy League heading into this weekend's matchup against the Crimson. Penn is 2-1 since the New Year with a loss to No. 3 Trinity sandwiched between a win over No. 9 Williams and a 5-4 upset of Princeton.
Yarden Odinak and Pia Trikha are both undefeated at 8-0 for the Quakers. Odinak has played matches at the No. 2, 3 and 4 seeds, while Trikha has played all eight matches in the No. 5 spot. Courtney Jones and Annie Madeira are 7-1 this season.
Princeton will host Stanford and Dartmouth at the Jadwin Squash Courts before the Crimson come to town Sunday. The Tigers are also 6-2 overall (3-2 Ivy), but hold a 3-1 record at home this season.
Princeton began the season winning its first six matches before dropping its last two to No. 5 Penn and No. 2 Yale. Princeton has swept five teams this season: No. 14 Columbia, No. 16 Franklin & Marshall, No. 10 Brown, No. 9 Williams and No. 11 Middlebury.
The Crimson will return to Cambridge with two home matches left on the schedule before the CSA Team Championships begin Feb. 18. Harvard will host Trinity Feb. 9 and Yale Feb. 12.