Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's squash team, which has a 14-3 record after closing the regular season with a 5-4 loss at Princeton last Saturday, will compete in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship (Howe Cup) Tournament this weekend at Yale University's Brady Courts. The three-day event, which features all the nation's college squash teams in a tiered event and is highlighted by the Howe Cup, will take place from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23. The Bantams, coached by Wendy Bartlett (36th Season), are the No. 4 seed in the field and will open post-season play against the No. 5-seeded University of Pennsylvania Quakers (8-5) on Friday, February 21 at 2:30 p.m.
With a win on Friday, Trinity will face either top-seeded Harvard or No. 8-seeded Columbia in the CSA Semifinals on Saturday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. and the Howe Cup Finals will take place on Sunday, February 23 at 2:45 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 No. 2-seeded Princeton against No. 7-seeded Drexel, and No. 3-seeded Yale against No. 6-seeded Stanford. Trinity was the Howe Cup Runner-Up for the fourth time in the last seven years in 2019, and won its third national crown in 2014. The Bantams played all of the other seven participants in this year's Howe Cup, posting a 4-3 record against the field with wins over Columbia (7-2), Drexel (9-0), Stanford (6-3), and Penn (8-1), and losses at Yale (5-4, at Princeton (5-4), and against Harvard (8-1).
Trinity has a combined individual record of 126-27 in its 17 matches this year. Senior tri-captain Vanessa Raj (Penang, Malaysia) has had a flawless final season with wins in all 12 of her matches, while junior Akanksha Salunkhe (Vasco de Gama, India) and sophomore Nadiia Usenko (Kiev, Ukraine) are tied for the team lead in wins with identical 14-3 records. Sophomore Sarahi Lopez (Zappopan, Mexico) is 12-1, while senior tri-captain Lakeesha Rarere (Hastings, New Zealand) is 9-3, and sophomore Amina Taher (Alexandria, Egypt) is 10-5. Junior Min Jie Teh (Klang, Malaysia) has established herself as the No. 1 player with an 11-3 mark, combining with Salunkhe, Lopez, and Raj to give the Bantams an extremely formidable too four. Several rookies have also had a huge impact, as Nanna Carleke (Karlskrona, Sweden), Habiba Dawood (Cairo, Egypt), and Lily Taylor-French (Fano, Italy) have combined to go 32-7 in varsity matches this winter.