No. 1 Harvard (6-0) vs. No. 7 Columbia (4-3)
Sunday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m.
Belkin International Squash Courts
Harvard leads, 21-0
W, 9-0 (Jan. 31, 2015)
Harvard will take on a pair of top-10 Ivy League opponents (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 1 women's squash will head to New York this weekend as it resumes Ivy League play against a pair of top-10 opponents. Harvard will take on No. 7 Columbia on Saturday at noon before squaring off against No. 8 Cornell the following day at 11 a.m.
Last Time Out
Hitting the road for the first time since December, Harvard downed perennial foe No. 5 Trinity, 7-2, at the Kellner Squash Center Jan. 28 to wrap-up non-conference play this season.
The Crimson handed Trinity its second-straight loss, while earning its second consecutive 7-2 decision over the Bantams, with its previous triumph coming in last season's CSA Team National Championship match.
Sabrina Sobhy and Kayley Leonard returned to the court to post impressive victories against reigning CSA first team All-Americans at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Sobyy downed Trinity's Kanzy El Defrawy, who had gotten off to a 9-0 start, while Leonard dealt Raneem Sharaf her second loss of the season. Sophie Mehta also made her return to the court at the No. 8 position, picking up the win by injury default to improve to 5-0.
No. 1 Better
Members of the Crimson have been dominant at the No. 1 position, combining for a perfect 93-0 record over the past seven seasons. Sobhy, Leonard and Alyssa Mehta have each picked up wins at the top spot this season.
New Year, Same Result
Harvard is 6-0 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 17-2 record during the month of January under Way.
Harvard has never dropped an Ivy League opener in its 40-year history and has posted a 33-3 mark in conference play under Way, including two perfect 7-0 seasons in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
Aye, Aye Captain
Isabelle Dowling and Saumya Karki will serve as team captains for the season. Dowling has posted a 35-9 record during her career while Karki has gone 39-5 during her time in Crimson.
The Lions claim a 5-2 record on the year with a 2-1 mark in Ivy League matches. Columbia's top three in Tanvi Khanna, Maddie O'Connor and Catherine Jenkins are all tied for the team lead with four wins.
The Crimson dominated the Lions in their last matchup, Feb. 1, 2015, winning all 27 games en route to the sweep.
The Big Red stands at 6-4 and 2-1 in Ancient Eight play. Cornell is coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Yale Round Robin, downing Drexel and George Washington, while falling to Stanford.
The Crimson earned a clean sweep over Columbia the last time the two took the court Jan. 31, 2015, besting the Big Red in all 27 games.
Harvard will host Brown Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in its final home contest of the season.
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