Senior co-captain Nirasha Gurgue is off to an unblemished 2-0 start (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The top-ranked Harvard women's squash teams makes a midweek trip to Hanover, N.H., to take on No. 8 Dartmouth and No. 12 Middlebury Wednesday. It is the first of six contests this week before the Crimson take a month-long layoff from Dec. 3-Jan. 14.
Last Time Out
Harvard opened the season with a 6-3 win over No. 6 Stanford and followed with a sweep of No. 9 Williams Nov. 18. In the opener, Harvard's top six positions notched victories, led by three-game sweeps from Nirasha Guruge, Haley Mendez and Natasha Kingshott. Against Williams, all nine Harvard student-athletes swept three games en route to a 9-0 final tally.
A Perfect 1-2-3
Nirasha Guruge, Haley Mendez and Natasha Kingshott, who started in Harvard's top-three positions, each breezed past their opponents with three-game sweeps in their first two matches of the season.
No. 1 Harvard
The Crimson opened the season at No. 1 in the College Squash Association rankings, as Harvard returns four All-Americans, including Laura Gemmell, Nirasha Gurgue, Natasha Kingshott and Cece Cortes to the lineup.
No. 8 Dartmouth
The Big Green is 1-0 after easing to a 9-0 win over No. 17 Franklin & Marshall Nov. 20. Dartmouth won 27-of-28 games in the season opener. Freshman Helena Darling at the No. 7 position and sophomore Katherine Nimmo at No. 8 had the most dominant wins for Dartmouth, as each allowed just nine points in their three-game sweeps. The Big Green started six underclassmen, four freshmen and two sophomores, in its top nine.
Harvard leads the all-time series, 40-3, against the Big Green. The Crimson has won the last four contests by 9-0 tallies and has not lost a nine-athlete match against Dartmouth since 1976.
No. 12 Middlebury
The Panthers have played a tough schedule thus far, dropping matches to No. 3 Princeton, No. 6 Stanford and No. 7 Cornell. Middlebury was swept in each of its first three contests.
The Crimson have beat Middlebury in all three previous matchups, with the last coming in 1980.
Harvard will play four matches, two at home and two neutral site contests, Dec. 2-3. The Crimson squares off against NYU at the Murr Center Dec. 2 before playing Amherst at home and Wellesley and Boston College at MIT Dec. 3.