STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 7 Cardinal squash team will face four teams ranked in the top 15 of the Dunlop Women’s College Squash Team Rankings over the next three days.
“We have four really big matches coming up this weekend,” said senior Serena Fagan. “They are all going to be really tough matches. We need to get focused and get in the mindset that we will be in long games.”
Stanford will head to New Haven, Conn. for matches with No. 5 Yale, No. 8 Dartmouth, No. 12 Bates and No. 2 Trinity.
On Friday at 12 noon (PT) the Cardinal will be at Yale. The Bulldogs enter the match with an 8-1 record, the only loss coming to Trinity, 5-4, on Wednesday. Prior to that contest, Yale had won each of its first eight matches by a 9-0 final. Stanford head coach Mark Talbott was the Yale women’s squash coach for six seasons. His brother, Dave Talbott, is the current Yale head coach. Last season Yale emerged with a 9-0 win over the Cardinal.
Stanford will play two matches on Saturday. The first will be against Dartmouth at 8:30 a.m. (PT). The Big Green is 1-4 on the year with a win over Franklin & Marshall. The four losses have come to each of the top four teams in the national rankings. The second match of the day will be against Bates at 10 a.m. (PT). The Bobcats are 7-3 on the season with two straight wins entering the weekend. Stanford picked up victories over both Bates and Dartmouth when the schools met last season.
Sunday’s match will take place at 8:30 a.m. against the undefeated Trinity Bantams. Trinity is a perfect 7-0 on the year and is coming off a 5-4 win over Yale on Wednesday. It was the second straight win over a top five opponent for the Bantams as they also defeated No. 3 Penn, 6-3, on Jan. 18. Trinity won the matchup against Stanford a year ago.
“With four matches in the weekend we have really been working on our fitness and playing a lot of matches in practice which is good for us,” said Fagan.
The Cardinal will play for the first time in 17 days. The last match for Stanford was an 8-1 home win over Hamilton on Jan. 7. The Cardinal own a 2-2 record overall this season, also defeating Williams College in November between losses to Cornell and Penn.
All four matches will take place at the Brady Squash Center on Yale’s campus.