Women's Squash Eyes Sixth Ivy Title, Top Seed For Howe Cup Championships
In 2009, the Princeton women's squash team pulled out a 5-4 victory over Harvard on the final day of the league season to win its fifth Ivy League title. This weekend, the Tigers will go for their sixth title to complete a regular season filled with dramatic encounters.
Princeton, picked fourth in the 2012-13 CSA preseason poll, is the lone undefeated team among the national Top 10, and it can also clinch the top spot in the Howe Cup team championships, held Feb. 15-17 at Yale.
The Tigers (9-0, 5-0) will open the weekend Friday in Ithaca, N.Y., against the Cornell Big Red (10-3, 3-2). The Big Red nearly pulled off a big upset over No. 4 Trinity earlier this season, but a pair of five-game matches went the Bantams' way in a 5-4 win at the Belkin Squash Courts in Ithaca. Cornell is led by sophomore Danielle Letourneau, the younger sister of former Princeton men's captain and multiple-time All-America David Letourneau.
A win would clinch Princeton at least a share of the Ivy League title, and the Tigers would go for the outright win Sunday at noon against Columbia (3-8, 0-5). That will be Senior Day for Princeton, when co-captains Julie Cerullo and Casey Cortes, and classmates Alice Fuller and Katherine Schloss, are honored for their four years of contributions to the program.
If Princeton wins both, it will win the outright league title and join the 1989, 1991, 1998, 2007 and 2009 teams on the Ivy League championship banner.
In between those two matches will be a Saturday showdown against Trinity, which is 14-1 this season and has yet to lose a home match. Its most dramatic victory of the season was a 5-4 home win over Yale, when Kanzy El Defrawy defeated 2011 national individual champion Millie Tomlinson in five tight games to clinch the match.
Princeton and Trinity have played four times in the last two seasons, and both won twice. Both of the Tigers' wins came in the Jadwin Squash Courts, while Trinity won once at home and once in Cambridge during the 2011 Howe Cup Championships.