Freshman Annika Engstrom defeated her opponent from Tufts at the No. 9 position to move to 2-0 on the year (Gil Talbot).
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 8 Columbia
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 7 Cornell
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard women's squash team looks to continue its hot start to the 2016-17 campaign as it hosts No. 8 Columbia and No. 7 Cornell at the Murr Center Squash Courts this weekend, Feb 4-5.
Last Time Out
Harvard (6-0, 3-0 Ivy) won its sixth-straight match with a 9-0 victory over visiting No. 18 Tufts last Friday evening. The Crimson didn't lose a single game to the Jumbos, earning its third clean sweep of the season.
Bursting Out the Gate
Harvard is no stranger to beginning the season on a hot streak. The Crimson won its sixth-straight game to open a season for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.
Sweeping Away the Competition
With the clean sweep over the Jumbos, Harvard has recorded three matches this season in which it hasn't lost a single game. Harvard also shutout its first two opponents this season, No. 9 Dartmouth and No. 13 Drexel.
Harvard is tied with No. 5 Yale for the top spot in the Ivy League standings with a 3-0 mark. No. 8 Cornell sits in third at 2-1, while No. 2 Penn and No. 4 Princeton are tied for fourth at 1-1. The Crimson is the only remaining undefeated team in the Ancient Eight.
Multiple Crimson remained undefeated with wins in their matches over then-No. 18 Tufts. Seniors Dileas MacGowan and Caroline Monrad, along with junior Alyssa Mehta and sophomore Sophie Mehta, all moved to 6-0 this season with victories in their respective matches. Seniors Katherine Tutrone and Keegan Mendez both remained unbeaten as well, as Tutrone picked up her fifth win and Mendez recorded her third. Junior Sue Ann Yong moved to 5-0, and freshman Annika Engstrom advanced to 2-0 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 team in the nation for the seventh consecutive season.
Related link: Harvard Women's Squash Ranked No. 1 in 2016-17 Dunlop 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.
Scouting No. 8 Columbia
The Lions hold a 5-4 mark, including 1-2 in Ivy action. Columbia opened its season with wins over Drexel and George Washington, and recorded an Ivy victory against No. 10 Brown on Jan. 14. Columbia has won four of its last six matches, and is most recently coming off a 6-3 loss to No. 8 Cornell.
Scouting No. 7 Cornell
Cornell boasts a 7-3 record as it heads to Cambridge for just its second road match of the season. The Big Red sits in third in the Ivy League standings with a 2-1 mark, having defeated No. 10 Brown and No. 7 Columbia, while falling to No. 5 Yale. Cornell won three-straight matches before falling to No. 6 Stanford, 7-2, on Jan. 29.
Harvard will take on No. 3 Trinity on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Cambridge at 4 p.m.