By Michael T. Bello
Published Feb 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Feb 13, 2016 at 10:18 AM ET

Dunlop Sports - Official Squash Ball of the CSAHatfield, MA — Today, the ninth Dunlop Women's College Squash Association Team Rankings of the season were released.

This is the second week of the new computerized ranking. Last week, an article explaining the computerized ranking methodology was published. Below are a few important items about the computerized rankings:

  • It is important to note that the computerized rankings have no dependence on when the matches were played. A match played on November 1st has the same importance as a match played on the final day of the regular season or in a league championship.
  • For each ranking calculation, all matches are taken into account up to the ranking date.
  • A 5-4 team win or loss has the same significance as a 9-0 win or loss.
  • Teams that have a bye week may still move up or down in the rankings depending on the results of other teams that played that week.
  • Club teams will be inserted into the rankings next week. Club teams could enter the ranking ahead of some varsity teams.

With Penn’s and Princeton’s victories over Yale, and Trinity’s victories at the NESCAC Championship, Trinity moves into the 4th ranking position. Yale and Stanford were tied for ELO points. Per the CSA’s ranking rules, the results from their head-to-head meeting were used to break the tie. Yale defeated Stanford earlier in the season, so the Bulldogs move into the 5th ranking position.

George Washington moved up to 13th with a victory over Drexel. The Dragons dropped to 10th.

At the NESCAC Championships, Bates and Colby defeated Hamilton. In addition, Bates earned a victory over Bowdoin, 6-3, and Tufts edged Wesleyan, 5-4. Bowdoin remains at 17th, while Bates moves up one position to 18th, followed by Hamilton and Colby. Tufts and Wesleyan switched positions. Tufts takes over 23rd, while Wesleyan moves to 25th.

Early next week, club and emerging club programs will be ranked with varsity teams for seeding the Team Championships.

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 Dunlop Women's College Squash Association Team Rankings as of February 7, 2016. Listed after each school’s name is their previous ranking and their ELO point total.

  1. Harvard University (1; 1273.761)
  2. Pennsylvania, University of (2; 1244.025)
  3. Princeton University (3; 1218.421)
  4. Trinity College (5; 1190.845)
  5. Yale University (4; 1190.712)
  6. Stanford University (6; 1190.712)
  7. Columbia University (7; 1164.081)
  8. Cornell University (8; 1145.432)
  9. Brown University (10; 1126.609)
  10. Drexel University (9; 1109.375)
  11. Dartmouth College (11; 1106.080)
  12. Williams College (12; 1105.574)
  13. George Washington University (14; 1102.009)
  14. Franklin and Marshall College (13; 1083.296)
  15. Middlebury College (15; 1066.426)
  16. Amherst College (16; 1045.327)
  17. Bowdoin College (17; 1024.314)
  18. Bates College (19; 1024.196)
  19. Hamilton College (18; 998.366)
  20. Colby College (20; 995.256)
  21. St. Lawrence University (22; 993.198)
  22. Wellesley College (21; 991.150)
  23. Tufts University (25; 966.545)
  24. Dickinson College (24; 963.543)
  25. Wesleyan University (23; 963.372)
  26. William Smith College (26; 959.967)
  27. Connecticut College (27; 932.476)
  28. Mount Holyoke College (28; 932.336)
  29. Vassar College (29; 903.788)
  30. Haverford College (30; 871.932)