No. 12 Women’s Squash Hits the Road to Challenge No. 2 Harvard, No. 8 Dartmouth
NEW YORK - The No. 12 Columbia women's squash team will be on the road again this weekend, traveling to Massachusetts to face No. 2 Harvard Saturday, Feb. 2 and then onto New Hampshire to take on No. 8 Dartmouth Sunday, Feb. 3. Match time in both Cambridge and Hanover is 12 p.m.
Columbia will look to get back in the win column after losing to No. 11 Middlebury and No. 10 Williams last weekend. Kate Calihan improved to a team-best 6-3 with victories in both of her matches, including a sweep over Williams' Alyssa Northrop, last weekend. First-year Reyna Pacheco is second on the team with five wins after toppling Middlebury's Abigail Jenkins in four games.
The Crimson enters Saturday's contest with a 7-1 overall mark, 2-1 in Ivy League action. Harvard's only downfall this season came at the hands of No. 1 Princeton, 5-4, on Jan. 13. Since then, the Crimson has blanked No. 19 Hamilton and No. 16 Amherst.
The top of the ladder has been a point of emphasis for Harvard, going 23-1 in the top three spots with nine different student-athletes competing in those slots this season. Amanda Sobhy, the 2012 national champion is 3-0 this year, while Laura Gemmell, who is ranked third in the nation is a perfect 6-0.
The Big Green snapped a four-match losing streak with a 9-0 defeat of No. 15 Bates on Jan. 20. Dartmouth, who will host No. 6 Cornell Saturday, is 4-5 overall and 0-3 in Ivy League competition.
Corey Schafer, Nina Scott and Melina Turk have all shared time at the top three spots of the ladder. Scott holds the only winning record at 5-4, while Schafer and Turk are 3-5.