MacGowan has nine victories this season (Photo Courtsey: Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The top-ranked women's squash team will put its winning ways to the test on as the Crimson travel to take on No. 2 Trinity College on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Last Time Out
Top-ranked Harvard swept its Ivy League battles Feb. 1-2, downing No. 6 Cornell and No. 9 Columbia to improve to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play. Amanda Sobhy notched her fifth and sixth win this weekend as she knocked off Cornell's Danielle Letourneau and Columbia's Colette Sultana in the top position. Haley Mendez, Katie Tutrone and Dileas MacGowan each tallied two wins apiece.
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About No. 2 Harvard
The Crimson has started the season with nine consecutive victories, including five in Ivy League play, to earn the No. 1 ranking by the College Squash Association. 16 Crimson student-athletes have combined to post an 81-7 (.920) record in individual matches. MacGowan continue to lead all Crimson with nine wins, while Amanda Sobhy and Haley Mendez each boast undefeated records in the top two spots so far this season.
The Crimson is currently riding a 17-game win streak dating back to a close, 5-4, defeat at Princeton Jan. 13, 2013. The current win streak sits fifth in program history. Harvard's longest win streak stretched from 1991-98 where the Crimson claimed 70 straight victories.
Head of the Class
Harvard, 5-0 in Ancient Eight action, sits atop the current standings as the only team with an unblemished record. The Crimson have notched 12 undefeated seasons in program history, while starting out 9-0 or better in 17 seasons of its 39 seasons.
Assistant coach Luke Hammond is now blogging to give fans an inside perspective of the Harvard men's and women's squash teams. The blog will be periodically updated throughout the season, recapping the latest results and highlighting other interesting tidbits about the squad.
Related Link: Harvard Squash Blog
We Meet Again
Last season, Harvard and Trinity squared off in the finals of the Howe Cup. The Crimson raced out to an early lead before holding off a late Trinity charge to win the national championship for the second consecutive year, third time in four tries and the 14th time overall.
The Series with Trinity
Harvard and Trinity will meet with the 45th time in program history with Harvard holding a commanding 33-11 lead. The Crimson has won eight of the last ten meetings between the two programs. Harvard has not dropped a match against the Bantams since Feb. 4, 2009.
About No. 2 Trinity
As the second ranked team in the country, Trinity is riding an 11-game win streak with four consecutive sweeps over Stanford, Wesleyan, Middlebury and Bates. The Bantams own an 11-0 overall record. Trinity is led by Sachika Balvani (8-0), Catalina Pelaez (7-0), Ashley Tidman (7-1), Alexia Echeverria (6-0) and Anna Kimberley (6-0).
The Crimson continues their road swing as they travel to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale. The Bulldogs are 4-1 in conference play.