By Michael T. Bello
Published Nov 5, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 6:54 PM ET

Dunlop Sports - Official Squash Ball of the CSA Hatfield, MA — Today, the Dunlop 2015 – 2016 Women’s College Squash Preseason Team Rankings were released.

In late September, a series of College Squash Association rule changes were announced. This season, only varsity teams will be ranked during the regular season (manually until January 25th, and then by computer algorithm). Club and emerging club programs will only be ranked the week before Team Championships.

For the preseason rankings, varsity coaches were polled to determine the top 25 ranking positions. All varsity coaches voted, according to the following parameters:

  • Coaches were provided with a summary of each school’s team preview information (returning players, graduating/non-returning players, and expected additions) to assist in evaluating the teams.
  • Teams received points for every vote they received. For example, each first place vote garnered 25 points, a second place vote garnered 24 points, a third place vote garnered 23 points, etc.
  • If there was a tie, the team with the higher ranking at the conclusion of last season received the higher ranking position in the preseason rankings.
  • Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own school.
  • The poll was based on how strong teams are at the beginning of the season and not how strong teams will be at the end of the season. Coaches took into consideration if players are abroad during the Fall semester.

Last season’s national champions, Harvard, retained the top position in the poll, followed by Trinity. The coaches’ votes moved Penn up to 3rd, ahead of Princeton.

With the blizzard at last season’s Team Championships, several teams were tied in the final rankings of 2014 – 2015. The remaining positions in the top 25 broke those ties.

Dickinson moved up to 27th, followed by Mount Holyoke, Haverford, and Vassar to conclude the preseason rankings.

Select schools have already commenced their seasons.  The results of these early matches were not factored into the preseason rankings. 

Teams are reminded that to qualify for the National Team Championships, they must meet minimum match requirements:

  • Varsity teams are required to play ten (10) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships. At minimum, each team should have at least 6 different opponents. Varsity teams should play the majority of their matches against other varsity schools.
  • Club teams are required to play eight (8) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships in a 9 player division. In addition, club teams must play at least four (4) matches between January 1st and February 10th. At minimum, each team should have at least five (5) different opponents.

Below are the 2015 – 2016 Dunlop Women’s College Squash Association preseason team rankings.  Listed after each school’s name is their final ranking from last season and the overall number of votes and points received in the varsity coaches’ poll.

  1. Harvard University (1; 29 Votes Received for 721 points received)
  2. Trinity College (2; 29 Votes Received for 686 points received)
  3. Pennsylvania, University of (4; 29 Votes Received for 667 points received)
  4. Princeton University (3; 29 Votes Received for 658 points received)
  5. Yale University (5; 29 Votes Received for 604 points received)
  6. Cornell University (6; 29 Votes Received for 580 points received)
  7. Columbia University (T7; 29 Votes Received for 560 points received)
  8. George Washington University (T7; 29 Votes Received for 528 points received)
  9. Stanford University (9; 29 Votes Received for 503 points received)
  10. Dartmouth College (10; 29 Votes Received for 472 points received)
  11. Brown University (11; 29 Votes Received for 446 points received)
  12. Williams College (12; 29 Votes Received for 398 points received)
  13. Drexel University (T13; 29 Votes Received for 394 points received)
  14. Middlebury College (T13; 29 Votes Received for 356 points received)
  15. Bates College (T15; 29 Votes Received for 327 points received)
  16. Franklin and Marshall College (T15; 29 Votes Received for 325 points received)
  17. Amherst College (17; 29 Votes Received for 276 points received)
  18. Bowdoin College (18; 29 Votes Received for 247 points received)
  19. Hamilton College (T19; 29 Votes Received for 204 points received)
  20. Colby College (T19; 27 Votes Received for 195 points received)
  21. St. Lawrence University (T21; 28 Votes Received for 162 points received)
  22. Wesleyan University (T21; 25 Votes Received for 122 points received)
  23. Wellesley College (24; 28 Votes Received for 104 points received)
  24. Tufts University (25; 26 Votes Received for 86 points received)
  25. William Smith College (26; 23 Votes Received for 44 points received)
  26. Connecticut College (27; 20 Votes Received for 39 points received)
  27. Dickinson College (33; 10 Votes Received for 15 points received)
  28. Mount Holyoke College (28; 8 Votes Received for 26 points received)
  29. Haverford College (31; 3 Votes Received for 4 points received)
  30. Vassar College (35; 1 Votes Received for 1 points received)