No. 1 Women’s Squash Starts Ivy Slate at No. 10 Dartmouth

Another installment of the written senior perspective series from women's squash's Dileas MacGowan (Gil Talbot).
Another installment of the written senior perspective series from women's squash's Dileas MacGowan (Gil Talbot).


Series Record
Last Meeting


No. 1 Harvard (1-0) at No. 10 Dartmouth
Tuesday, Dec. 1 – 5 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Berry Sports Center
Harvard leads, 45-3
W, Dec. 2, 2014

Dileas MacGowan remained a perfect 28-0 in her career with a win against Stanford (Zach Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's squash team (1-0) will head to Hanover, New Hampshire Tuesday night to start its Ivy League schedule at No. 10 Dartmouth in a 5 p.m. showdown.

Last Time Out
Harvard made a strong opening statement in its season opener Nov. 20, downing No. 9 Stanford on its home court, 8-1. The Crimson earned its 11th-straight win over the Cardinal, downing Stanford by a total game score of 28-5, and improved to 1-0 on the year.

Opening Statement
Kayley Leonard was impressive in her collegiate debut, earning a 3-1 victory at the No. 1 position in the opener against Stanford.

Fellow freshman Sophie Mehta also picked up the victory in her collegiate debut with a sweep at the No. 6 position.

Scouting No. 10 Dartmouth
Dartmouth posted an 8-8 record last season, including a 1-6 mark in Ivy League play. The Big Green posted a runner-up finish in the Kurtz Cup final, falling, 6-3, to Stanford in the title game.

Harvard leads Dartmouth, 45-3, in the all-time series with its most recent win coming in a 9-0 sweep Dec. 12, 2014. The Crimson has dominated the Big Green during the win streak, posting an 89-1 game record during the streak.

Senior captain Lydie McKenzie returns for her final campaign after posting an 8-11 record primarily playing at the No. 2 and No. 3 position.

Topping the Ranks
Harvard entered the season as the No. 1 team in the nation according to the Dunlop 2015-16 Women's College Squash Association Preseason Rankings, marking the sixth consecutive year the Crimson entered the season as the top team in the nation.

Related Link: Women's Squash Earns Dunlop 2015-16 Preseason No. 1 Ranking

A Season Ago
Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, guided the Crimson to its 16th College Squash Association national championship last season after downing Trinity, 7-2, in the title game. The Crimson posted a 13-1 record with its lone loss coming early in the season at Penn in a 5-4 decision.

Michelle Gemmell and Alyssa Mehta earned second team CSA All-America status after outstanding 2014-15 seasons. Gemmell posted a 13-1 record playing primarily at the No. 4 position and secured Harvard's CSA Team National Championship with a 3-1 victory over Trinity's Julia Le Coq. The junior was honored as the Howe Cup Player of the Tournament for her performance.

Mehta sparked the college scene with a 10-2 record playing primarily at the No. 3 position, including two crucial wins against George Washington and Trinity during Harvard's title run.

Katherine Tutrone earned a nod on the All-Ivy squad for the second-straight season, posting a 7-5 record primarily at the No. 2 position, including a perfect 2-0 mark at the No. 1 spot.

Aye, Aye Captain
Isabelle Dowling and Saumya Karki will serve as team captains for the season. Dowling has posted a 33-9 record during her career while Karki has gone 34-5 during her time in Crimson.

Familiar Faces
Harvard returns 12 student-athletes from last season's championship squad, losing five to graduation, including four of Harvard's top-nine players.

In The Family
The Mehta sisters will be reunited as Sophie joins Sister Alyssa Mehta, a sophomore, while Sabrina continues the Sobhy name after the graduation of Amanda Sobhy '15.

Harvard has had a pair of sisters on the squad each season since 2012. Michelle and Laura Gemmell '13 competed with each other for a season while Haley and Keegan Mendez '15 spent two years on the court together in Cambridge.

Up Next
Harvard will return to action on its home court Jan. 9 against Penn at 2:30 p.m.

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