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Forty women’s college teams from around the country will participate in the 2013 College Squash Association (CSA) Women’s Team Championships in New Haven, Connecticut starting on Friday.
The season’s premier collegiate team tournament will comprise of almost 400 players, and will be held at Yale University from February 15-17.
There will be five main draws in the tournament, headed by the Howe Cup – the highest level draw in which the top teams compete – followed by the Kurtz, Walker, Epps, and the E Division in descending order. Each draw is made up of eight teams of nine-players. Additionally there is a sixth draw made up of five-player teams called the Emerging Teams Division.
“The College Team Championships produce amazing squash every season, and this year’s Howe Cup will not disappoint. If the regular season matches are any indicator, there should be tightly contested matches throughout the weekend in every division, ” said tournament director, Dent Wilkins.
Current U.S. National Champion, Amanda Sobhy, leads the CSA’s #2 ranked team and defending champions, Harvard, in the top division, with hopes of retaining the Howe Cup following triumph on their home turf last year. Leading up to the Championships in February 2012, Harvard defeated #4 Trinity 7-2, #6 Cornell 9-0 and #9 Brown 9-0.
Last year’s runners-up and CSA ranked #5 team, Yale, hope to emulate Harvard and win the title now that it is being held on their home soil. The Yale Bulldogs recovered from their losses to #3 University of Pennsylvania and #1 Princeton earlier this month, commanding 9-0 wins against #8 Dartmouth and Brown on February 8 and 6 respectively.
Undefeated Princeton will hope to stifle their Ivy-League compatriots having topped the CSA rankings since narrowly defeating #1 at the time, Harvard, 5-4 on January 13. This month, Princeton has defeated Yale 5-4, Cornell 8-1, #7 Stanford 8-1 and Brown 9-0.
“US Squash is proud to partner with the College Squash Association to put on a great showcase of these exceptional student athletes, ” said Wilkins.
“Players, their parents, school alumni and supporters show passion for their respective colleges that creates excitement that rivals or surpasses any squash event in the world. I encourage squash fans to come enjoy the fantastic squash that will be on display during the tournament, whether you have a favored school or just enjoy top level competition.”