Regular Season Comes to a Close
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale Women's Squash Team faces No. 1 Harvard in Boston on Friday at 5 p.m. At 8-0, Harvard is the last remaining undefeated team in collegiate squash, having recently dethroned former No. 1 seed Princeton. On Sunday, the Bulldogs return home to face No. 9 Dartmouth at noon in the final match of the regular season.
Harvard has a veteran team containing only three first-years. The Crimson, who have played top-tier squads like No. 2 Princeton, No. 3 Trinity, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Penn, No. 7 Columbia and No. 9 Dartmouth, have won each of their eight matches 9-0.
All nine athletes on Harvard's team have ratings of 5.0 or above, which is unique among all other squads. According to the CSA website, only 30 athletes in the nation have ratings of 5.0 or above. Harvard's No. 1 - No. 5 seeds are all top 10 in the nation.
Yale's No. 1 Lucy Beecroft will likely face Harvard's Sabrina Sobhy, who is No. 4 in the nation. Sobhy is 9-0 on the season having defeated several top-tier opponents such as Stanford's Elena Wagenmans, Princeton's Hiu Lam Lui, Trinity's Luz Sarahi Lopez Dominguez, Penn's Reeham Sedky, and Columbia's Madlen O'Connor.
During Yale's win over Columbia last week, Beecroft also defeated O'Connor.
Unlike Harvard, Dartmouth has a young squad that includes five first-years and several sophomores. Dartmouth is 4-6 on the season having lost to elite opponents such as No. 1 Harvard, No. 2 Princeton, No. 3 Trinity and No. 6 Penn.
Both matches will be streamed live on ESPN 3.
Report by Johnny Gross '21, Yale Sports Publicity