No. 1 Women’s Squash Readies for Ivy League Showdowns

Teams

Date/Time
Location
Series Record
Last Meeting
Streak

Teams
Date/Time
Location
Series Record
Last Meeting
Streak

No. 1 Harvard (2-0) vs. No. 2 Penn (6-0)
Saturday, Jan. 9 -2:30 p.m.
Murr Center Squash Courts
Harvard leads, 39-7
L, 5-4 (Jan. 11, 2015)
L1

Harvard vs. No. 3 Princeton (4-0)
Sunday, Jan. 10 -2:30 p.m.
Murr Center Squash Courts
Harvard leads, 31-21
W, 5-4 (Feb. 14, 2015)
W3

The top three teams in the nation will compete in Cambridge this weekend to start the New Year (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 1 women's squash will kick off a five-game homestand as it hosts at pair of top-three opponents this weekend. The Crimson take on No. 2 Penn Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and follow with another 2:30 p.m. match on Sunday against No. 3 Penn. Both matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Harvard opened up its Ivy League slate with a 9-0 win at Dartmouth Dec. 1 to close out 2015. The Crimson improved to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in Ivy League play.

New Year, Same Result
Harvard is 5-0 in starting the New Year under the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University Mike Way. The Crimson has posted a 13-2 record during the month of January under Way.

Ivy Strong
Harvard has never dropped an Ivy League opener in its 40-year history and has posted a 31-3 mark in conference play under Way, including two perfect 7-0 seasons in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Freshman Focus
Kayley Leonard has gotten off to a strong start in her collegiate career, earning a pair of victories at the No. 1 position. Sophie Mehta has also gotten off to a 2-0 start, earning wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions.

Undefeated
Along with Leonard and Mehta, junior Dileas MacGowan has compiled a perfect 29-0 record in her three seasons in Crimson.

In The Family
Sisters Sophie and Alyssa Mehta are the latest pair of siblings to dominate the court together in Cambridge. Along with Sophie, Alyssa has also posted a 2-0 record to start the season with both victories coming at the No. 2 position.

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 '15 and Keegan Mendez spent two years on the court together in Cambridge.

Aye, Aye Captain
Isabelle Dowling and Saumya Karki will serve as team captains for the season. Dowling has posted a 34-9 record during her career while Karki has gone 35-5 during her time in Crimson.

Scouting No. 2 Penn
Penn is a perfect 4-0 on the season and will start Ivy League play against Harvard. The Quakers have swept each of their opponents by a final tally of 9-0 and have dropped only one game this season, outscoring opponents 107-1. Penn is the last team to hand Harvard a loss as it downed the Crimson, 5-4, Jan. 11, 2015.

Freshman Reeham Sedkey has been dominant at the No. 1 position to start her collegiate career, sweeping each of her opponents and only relented more than three points once.

Scouting No. 3 Princeton
Princeton stands at 4-0 on the season and has swept each opponent by a final tally of 9-0. The Tigers are coming off a sweep of Williams and St. Lawrence Dec. 5, winning all 54 games to close out 2015.

Reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year Olivia Fiechter is off to a 4-0 start at the No. 1 position after posting an 11-4 record a season ago.

Up Next
Harvard will host St. Lawrence Jan. 18 for a 1 p.m. contest.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.