Coming off a hard-fought victory over in-state rival Trinity last Wednesday, the women’s squash team travels to New Jersey on Saturday to take on top-ranked Princeton (3-1, 2-1 Ivy). The Bulldogs (9-1, 2-1 Ivy) — riding an eight-match winning streak — are ranked No. 4 in the latest national squash rankings, released Jan. 25.
In what several Bulldogs have labeled one of the season’s most important matches, the Elis and Tigers are looking to stay in contention for the Ivy League title. Both squads have lost to No. 2 Penn (7-0, 3-0 Ivy) — Yale fell way back on Dec. 2, while Princeton was defeated by the Quakers on Wednesday night. Neither the Bulldogs nor Tigers can afford another Ivy loss with the aforementioned Quakers and No. 3 Harvard (5-0, 3-0 Ivy) all undefeated thus far this season.
Yale may boast the top-ranked player in the country, Miranda Ranieri ’08, but four Tigers are in the top 14, led by No. 3 Neha Kumar. Princeton’s Amanda Seibert ’10, however, has occupied the number-one spot on the team’s ladder in three of the squad’s four matches — another suggestion of the team’s deep talent.