By Michael T. Bello
Published Nov 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Oct 31, 2016 at 10:19 PM ET

Dunlop Sports - Official Squash Ball of the CSA Hatfield, MA — Today, the Dunlop 2016 – 2017 Women’s College Squash Preseason Team Rankings were released.

The College Squash Association has three ranking phases per season:

  • Preseason: CSA varsity coaches will vote on the top-25 varsity teams for the preseason ranking. The Ranking Chair and the Executive Administrator will determine the remaining varsity ranking positions.
  • Manual Rankings (November – January 24th): The Executive Administrator and the Ranking Chair will rank all varsity teams manually.
  • Computerized Rankings (January 25th – Team Championships): The College Squash Association will rank teams that have played at least five matches utilizing the Elo ranking methodology. If needed, the Ranking Chair may adjust a non-varsity team’s ranking position.

For the preseason rankings, varsity coaches were polled to determine the top 25 ranking positions. 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.

The top-4 positions remained unchanged from last season’s final rankings. However, Stanford and Yale traded positions. Stanford enters the season ranked 5th. Columbia moved ahead of Cornell to round-out the top-8 positions.

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. At minimum, each team should have at least five (5) different opponents.

Below are the 2016 – 2017 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; 27 Votes Received for 670 points)
  2. Pennsylvania, University of (2; 27 Votes Received for 646 points)
  3. Trinity College (3; 27 Votes Received for 623 points)
  4. Princeton University (4; 27 Votes Received for 590 points)
  5. Stanford University (6; 27 Votes Received for 555 points)
  6. Yale University (5; 26 Votes Received for 552 points)
  7. Columbia University (8; 27 Votes Received for 508 points)
  8. Cornell University (7; 26 Votes Received for 486 points)
  9. Dartmouth College (9; 27 Votes Received for 469 points)
  10. Drexel University (10; 27 Votes Received for 440 points)
  11. Brown University (11; 27 Votes Received for 411 points)
  12. Williams College (12; 27 Votes Received for 388 points)
  13. George Washington University (13; 27 Votes Received for 377 points)
  14. Franklin and Marshall College (14; 27 Votes Received for 336 points)
  15. Middlebury College (15; 26 Votes Received for 296 points)
  16. Bates College (17; 26 Votes Received for 284 points)
  17. Amherst College (18; 27 Votes Received for 265 points)
  18. Bowdoin College (19; 27 Votes Received for 232 points)
  19. Colby College (20; 27 Votes Received for 195 points)
  20. St. Lawrence University (22; 27 Votes Received for 168 points)
  21. Hamilton College (21; 26 Votes Received for 167 points)
  22. Tufts University (23; 27 Votes Received for 135 points)
  23. Wellesley College (24; 26 Votes Received for 93 points)
  24. Wesleyan University (25; 26 Votes Received for 81 points)
  25. Dickinson College (26; 28 Votes Received for 72 points)
  26. William Smith College (27; 11 Votes Received for 18 points)
  27. Mount Holyoke College (29; 4 Votes Received for 6 points)
  28. Connecticut College (28; 4 Votes Received for 4 points)
  29. Vassar College (30; 5 Votes Received for 6 points)
  30. Haverford College (32; 0 Votes Received for 0 points)