Junior Alyssa Mehta has recorded a victory in all five of Harvard's matches this season (Gil Talbot).
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 18 Tufts
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard women's squash team welcomes No. 18 Tufts to the Murr Center Squash Courts on Friday at 5 p.m. The Crimson has won its opening five matches for the second-straight year.
Last Time Out
No. 1 Harvard women's squash extended its win streak to five with a 9-0 victory at No. 5 Stanford last Thursday evening. The Crimson recorded seven 3-0 sweeps out of the nine matches against the Cardinal.
Starting off the season on a win streak is familiar territory for Harvard, as the Crimson has won its opening five matches in nine of the last 10 seasons.
Bring Out the Brooms
With its 9-0 win over the Cardinal, Harvard totaled its third sweep on the season over its opponent. The Crimson opened the season with sweeps over then-No. 9 Dartmouth and then-No. 14 Drexel.
Through five matches this year, the Crimson has only lost a total of three individual matches. Harvard has amassed a 42-3 (.933) match record, and is unbeaten at the No. 3-7 and No. 9 positions.
All 13 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.
There are 10 Crimson that remain unblemished five matches into the season. Junior Alyssa Mehta and sophomore Sophie Mehta lead the way with 5-0 marks, while four others are 4-0.
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 team in the nation for the seventh consecutive season.
Related link: Harvard Women's Squash Ranked No. 1 in Dunlop 2016-17 Women's Squash Association Team 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.
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. 18 Tufts
Tufts has erupted out of the gate to open the 2016-17 season, boasting a 12-0 mark as it sits at No. 18 in the nation. The Jumbos are 4-0 on the road, and are coming off a 9-0 thrashing of Boston University. 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.