Sophomore Sophie Mehta has won all four of her matches as the Crimson is off to a 4-0 start this season (Gil Talbot).
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 5 Stanford
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 19 Tufts
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard women's squash team is set for two matches this week, starting with a battle on the West Coast against No. 5 Stanford on Thursday evening. The Crimson follows that up by hosting No. 19 Tufts on Saturday afternoon.
Last Time Out
The No. 1 Harvard women's squash team (4-0, 3-0 Ivy) continued its hot start to the 2017 campaign with a dominant week of play. The Crimson completed a three-match road trip with an 8-1 win over No. 4 Princeton last Sunday, after rolling to wins over No. 14 Drexel and No. 2 Penn earlier on the weekend.
All 12 student-athletes on the Crimson roster have recorded a win this season. Ten have already won multiple matches as Harvard has used its depth to dominate its opponents.
Taking Care of Business
While 10 Crimson student-athletes have already won multiple matches this season, there are only three that have competed in every match for Harvard and recorded a win. Juniors Alyssa Mehta and Sue Ann Yong, along with sophomore Sophie Mehta, are off to 4-0 starts on the year.
The Crimson is ranked No. 1 overall in the latest Dunlop Women's College Association Team Rankings. Harvard entered the year as the No. 1 in the nation for the seventh consecutive season.
Related link: Women's Squash Ranked No. 1 in 2016-17 Dunlop Women's College Squash Rankings
Making it Look Easy
The Crimson collected its 17th CSA National Championship last season, including its second in a row, after defeating Penn in the Howe Cup, 5-4. Harvard earned its fourth national championship in the last five years after finishing with a 10-0 record during the 2015-16 campaign.
Leaders of the Pack
Seniors Dileas MacGowan and Caroline Monrad will serve as team captains for the 2016-17 season. MacGowan is 3-0 with a win at No. 6 and two at No. 9, while Monrad is 2-0 with victories at No. 7 and No. 8.
Harvard returns nine players from last year's championship squad, led by Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year Sabrina Sobhy. Returning junior Alyssa Mehta and sophomore Kayley Leonard were also named to the All-Ivy team. All three players were selected to the CSA All-America first team as well.
The Crimson welcomes four incoming freshmen that will look to help guide the Crimson back to national title contention. Eleonore Evans, Amelia Henley, Gina Kennedy and Annika Engstrom will join Harvard this season.
Scouting No. 5 Stanford
Stanford is off to a 3-1 start and is currently ranked No. 5 in the country. The Cardinal fell in its season opener to No. 4 Princeton, but has since rattled off three consecutive victories, including wins over No. 7 Columbia and No. 13 Franklin & Marshall. Stanford had eight players sweep in the most recent match against Franklin & Marshall, and the Cardinal is 1-0 at home this season.
Scouting No. 19 Tufts
Tufts has erupted out of the gate to open the 2016-17 season, boasting a 9-0 mark as it sits at No. 19 in the nation. The Jumbos are 4-0 on the road, and are coming off a 9-0 thrashing of Haverford. Junior Claudia Udolf serves as the captain for Tufts this season.
The Crimson return to the courts on Feb. 4-5 when it hosts Columbia and Cornell and Ivy League action. Both matches are slated for a noon start.