The College Squash Association (CSA) has released a new set of rankings after a busy week of action. Again, the new rankings are now based primarily on the CSA’s team ranking algorithm.
Despite the number of matches that transpired over the past week, several of the ties that appeared in last week’s rankings have persisted. As a reminder, the CSA will only break a tie in the rankings at the end of the season.
For the first time all season, both of Harvard’s teams sit atop the rankings with unblemished records. The Crimson women took out then-No. 1 Princeton this past weekend, while the Harvard men handled the challenge from former No. 1 Penn. There’s no rest at the top, however, as Harvard and Trinity (No. 3 women/No. 2 men) meet in a clash of titans tomorrow evening in Boston.
In the battle for Top-8 position, we still have a tie in each set of rankings. Penn, Rochester, and Trinity are locked in a three-way tie with the upcoming Harvard-Trinity and Columbia-Penn matches looming large. For the women, Stanford and Yale are tied at No. 4 with Penn very close at their heels. The women’s match on Sunday between Penn and Columbia will have an impact here as well.
Movement continues among both sets of B Division teams. No. 11 Cornell and No. 13 Williams both made jumps in the women’s rankings, while No. 9 Virginia, No. 11 Drexel, No. 15 Franklin & Marshall, and No. 17 Williams all moved up at least one place for the men.
With crucial matches coming up on this final weekend before the men’s team championships, the standings are as close as they have ever been for Bucknell, Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, Fordham, and Hamilton, ranked in positions 31 through 35. A slew of matches taking place in Charlottesville, VA this coming weekend will also have implications for the teams in the lower portions of the rankings.
Teams who are not scheduled to compete in the national team championships in the coming weeks have been moved down in the rankings to provide a more accurate picture of the possible seeding for the tournaments.