The Crimson brings the momentum of a seven-match win streak and homecourt advantage into the 2015 Howe Cup tournament. (Dale Walker)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 1 Harvard women's squash is set to host the 2015 CSA Women's Team Championships, Feb. 13-15. The Crimson come in to the championships as the No. 1 seed and will take on No. 8 George Washington in an opening round matchup, Feb. 13 at 2:15 p.m.
Watch the Howe Cup Live
All three days of action from the 2015 CSA Team National Championship will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
With cameras on courts 1-5 and the glass court, fans of any team participating in the championship on those courts will be able to watch their school compete for the Howe Cup. The full streaming schedule and links can be found HERE.
History of Gold
Since the creation of the Howe Cup team championship in 1973, Harvard has brought home the title on 14 occasions. The Crimson's 14 are second most in the competition's history with Princeton winning the Cup 17 times.
Since the turn of the century, the Crimson has appeared in 10 championship matches, being crowned national champions four times (2001, 2010, 2012, 2013) and finished second on six occasions. Harvard's four Cup's since 2000 is only matched by Ancient rival Yale, who has won on four occasions as well.
In the four seasons of the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University Mike Way's tenure, the Crimson has never finished lower than second at the team championship, winning it all twice.
The Crimson is the last team to take home back-to-back Howe Cups, finishing No. 1 in 2012 and 2013. Harvard also holds the record for most consecutive Howe Cup championships, lifting the Cup five-straight years between 1993 and 1997.
Every player with at least one full season of experience has played in the Howe Cup final at least once, with the Crimson's five seniors battling for the top-spot every season of their career.
Harvard's senior class has had great success from day one, losing only three matches in four years, for an overall record of 56-3. The seniors hold a 2-1 record in the Championship game, winning back-to-back titles for the Crimson. Their only loss came last season in a knock-down drag-out battle against Trinity. The Crimson took a 2-1 lead after the first flight, but the Bantams would win four of the next six matches to secure the victory and deny the Crimson its third-straight Howe Cup.
No Growing Pains
Harvard's 2014-15 freshmen class arrived in Cambridge to one of the most successful programs in the country. With high expectations for the top-ranked Crimson, the newcomers stepped up and have been major factors in Harvard's success this season.
Alyssa Mehta has been a fixture at the top of the Crimson's line up, finishing the regular season 9-1 and undefeated when competing at the top three positions.
Sue Ann Yong has been spectacular in her debut campaign with a perfect 10-0 record, the best record on the team.
Howe Cup action continues Saturday, Feb. 14 starting at 1: 30 p.m. With a victory over George Washington, the Crimson will face the winner of No. 5 Yale vs. No. 4 Princeton at 1:30 p.m. and with a loss Harvard would play at 4 p.m.