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Fourth-Ranked Tigers Open Ivy Play, Including Sunday Showdown vs. Top-Ranked Harvard – GoPrincetonTigers.com

The fourth-ranked Princeton women’s squash team will open its 2017 Ivy League season with a home pair this weekend, including a Sunday showdown with top-ranked and reigning champion Harvard.
 
Both matches are scheduled to start at noon, and both will lead off doubleheaders with the men’s teams facing the same schools. All matches this weekend will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
 
The Tiger women enter the weekend with a 6-0 record, including an impressive 6-3 victory over fifth-ranked Stanford in the season opener. That was the only match this season that the All-America duo of Olivia Fiechter and Maria Elena Ubina both played, but Tiger head coach Gail Ramsay is optimistic that both veteran standouts will be ready to lead Princeton into this key Ivy League weekend.
 
Ubina was a guest on this week’s TigerCast, where she talked about her career, the team’s preseason trip to Greece, the challenge of dealing with injuries and her excitement for the upcoming weekend. You can listen below.
 
 
While Princeton certainly missed the presence of Fiechter and Ubina atop the lineup, the depth of Ramsay’s squad has stood out over the first six matches of the season. Since the opener against Stanford, the No. 2 through No. 9 positions are a combined 40-0, and the middle third of the lineup is undefeated on the season.
 
The Tigers know that the competition will be raised this weekend. No. 9 Dartmouth will be the second-highest ranked opponent so far this season — behind only Stanford — and the Big Green’s only losses this season are to top-ranked Harvard and third-ranked Trinity.
 
If Princeton gets by the Big Green, it will have the top-ranked Crimson in its full focus. Harvard, which opens its weekend Saturday at No. 2 Penn, has become the dominant program in the sport and is the reigning Ivy League and Howe Cup national champion.
 
Princeton and Harvard have split the last six meetings at the Jadwin Squash Courts, and each of Princeton’s last two wins over Harvard have been 5-4 thrillers that ultimately led the Tigers to Ivy League championships (2009, 2013).
 

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