Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's squash team, which has an 13-2 record after wrapping up its 12th consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title with a 7-2 win against Williams on February 4, will vie for a fourth national title in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship (Howe Cup) Tournament this weekend at Harvard University. The three-day event features the top-eight teams and will take place from Friday, February 16 to Sunday, February 18. The Bantams, coached by Wendy Bartlett, are the No. 3 seed in the field and will open post-season play against the No. 6-seeded Columbia University Lions (9-5) on Friday, February 16 at 1:30 p.m.
With a win on Friday, will face either No. 2-seeded Princeton or No. 7-seeded Pennsylvania in the CSA Semifinals on Saturday, February 27 at 2:30 p.m. and the Howe Cup Finals will take place on Sunday, February 18 at 2:30 p.m. The Howe Cup consists of the top eight teams in intercollegiate squash in a three-round, single elimination tournament. The other CSA Quarterfinal matches are top-seeded Harvard against No. 8-seeded Cornell, and No. 4-seeded Yale against No. 5-seeded Stanford. Trinity has come in third in the Howe Cup the last two years after appearing in the previous three Howe Cup Finals and winning their third national crown in 2014. The Bantams played six of the other seven participants in this year's Howe Cup, posting a 4-2 record against the field with wins over Penn (7-2), Columbia (9-0), Yale (8-1), and Stanford (5-4) and losing at Princeton (5-4) and to Harvard (8-1).
Trinity has a combined individual record of 99-34 in its 15 matches this year. First-year Min Jie Teh (Klang, Malaysia) leads the Bantams in wins with 13 against just one loss, while sophomore Vanessa Raj (Penang, Malaysia) is 8-0 after returning from an early-season injury, and sophomore Salma Alam El Din (Cairo, Egypt) is 11-1. Senior tri-captains Raneem Sharaf (Giza, Egypt) and Julia LeCoq (Creteil, France) are both 12-3 playing with Alam El Din in the top third of the ladder, and junior Jenny Haley (Newport, Wales) has gone 9-2 after returning from her fall semester abroad. Rookie Akanksha Salunkhe (Vasco Da Gama, India) is 10-3 and senior tri-captain Karolina Holinkova (Krnov, Czech) is 11-4 in the bottom third, while sophomore Lakeesha Rarera (Hastings, New Zealand) rounds out the lineup at 7-4.