SquashTalk Women's US Intercollegiate Outlook, 2001 (updated 12/31/2000 13:46)
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Four Contenders Challenge Pennsylvania
Dec 2000, SquashTalk -- The women's college teams are closely balanced, making a more unpredictable and intriguing title road than on the men's side. Penn, Harvard, Princeton, Trinity and Brown are all closely balanced. On a given afternoon, an entire team match can depend on the play that day of two closely matched women in the final match with the team score at 4-4. Here are the top contenders:
Makes a Difference
What a difference a year makes -- in 2000, Penn edged out Princeton and Trinity and earned the national championship -- bringing trophy-starved Penn a championship and its first great trophy since the glory days of Al Malloy.
Can Penn repeat in 2001? On paper they look strong enough, but close 5-4 wins over Brown and Yale in December show that Penn might be vulnerable in February when they face their big three rivals -- Trinity, Harvard and Princeton.
photo: The victorious Penn Team at the Palestra and above right Demer Holleran (caught by Debra Tessier © 2000)
Harvard's Satinder Bajwa has quietly been gearing up to bring his Harvard teams back to championship standard. Bajwa rehired assistant coach Mo Ayaz, and the two of them are quietly determined to make waves on the women's side. Look for the Harvard matches against Penn, Trinity, and Princeton to all go down to the wire this year. Harvard earned a #1 pre-season ranking over defending champion Penn. But in the emotions of the dual-matches between Harvard, Princeton, and Penn... anything can happen.
Making a Move on the Distaff Side
- Running on adrenalin
Of course, the Princeton win was scored with Princeton minus their top four players, but still the value to Brown's self confidence is immense.
Photos: Trinity's Janine Thompson (Above Right), Trinity 2000 team (Right), courtesy Trinity College Athletics.