Women's Squash at National Collegiate Team Championships Starting Friday

MEDFORD - The Tufts University women's team squash will stay local for the 2022 College Squash Association (CSA) National Collegiate Team Championships this weekend (Feb. 25-27). Harvard University is the primary host, but matches will be held a the Tufts Squash Center as well.

The CSA Team Tournament is divided into four separate eight-team draws based upon the national team rankings. The Jumbos are in the Kurtz Cup, which includes the teams ranked ninth through 16th in the tournament field (Tufts is #12). Head Coach Joe Raho's team is the fourth seed in the Kiurtz Cup bracket and will open play against fifth-seed Williams College on Friday at 3:00 PM at Harvard. The rest of the Kurtz Cup draw includes top-seed Cornell, 2-seed Dartmouth, 3-seed Brown, 6-seed Amherst, 7-seed Bates and 8-seed Bowdoin.

In one of the best seasons in team history this year, the Jumbos qualified for the Kurtz Cup for the first time since 2008.

The winner of the Tufts-Williams match will advance to the Kurtz semifinals on Saturday at 4:00 PM to face the winner of the Cornell-Bowdoin quarterfinal match. The Tufts-Williams loser drops into the consolation bracket with a match also on Saturday at 1:00 PM. Play continues through Sunday.

Tufts' women's team has a 8-4 record overall. Friday will be the third time this season that the Jumbos play the Williams College Ephs. Tufts won both of the previous meetings, 7-2 during the regular-season and 5-4 during the NESCAC Championship. Tufts was the runner-up at the 2022 conference championship. Against other teams in this weekend's Kurtz Cup bracket this year, the Jumbos have lost to Brown (7-2), defeated Amherst (8-1) and defeated Bates (7-2).

Tufts' line-up submitted for the weekend features #1 Riddhi Joshi, #2 Caroline Chin, #3 Sanjana Vissapragada, #4 Nieve Monderer, #5 Aleezah Burhan, #6 Isa Schneider, #7 Ellie Ackerman, #8 Diya Sanghi, #9 Ami Sao, #10 Megan Chen, and #11 Ellyn Xu.

The 2021 CSA Team Championships were canceled due to Covid. Tufts was third in the Walker Cup - the third tier of the national team championships - at the last CSA Team Nationals in 2020. With just one win this weekend, Tufts will have its best performance at the tournament in the last 25 years.

Tufts Squash Center will host the Walker Cup and Kurtz Cup third-place matchces on Sunday at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM, respectively. The facility will also be the site for the Epps Cup quarterfinals on Friday with matches at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM, and then both Epps Cup semifinals on Saturday at 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM. The Epps third-place match will be hosted by Tufts on Sunday at 1:30 PM.

> 2022 CSA National Collegiate Team Championships Website