By Michael T. Bello
Published Jan 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 8:22 PM ET

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

Next week, computerized rankings will be enacted. An article summarizing the computer ranking methodology will be  published early next week.

Yale’s trip to California resulted in a 5-4 victory over Stanford. This moved the Bulldogs up to 5th and dropped Stanford to 6th.

The 13th – 16th ranking positions were jumbled with Bates’ 6-3 victory over Franklin & Marshall. This moved Drexel to 13th, Middlebury to 14th, Bates to 15th, and F&M to 16th.

There is incredible parity in the teams ranked 20th – 26th. Dickinson’s victory over Wellesley, Bowdoin’s victory over Dickinson, and Colby’s victory over Wesleyan rearranged these teams once again. Based on their season to date, Dickinson moves to 20, followed by Bowdoin, Wellesley, Wesleyan, William Smith, Colby, and Hamilton.

As a reminder, 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.

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 Dunlop Women's College Squash Association Team Rankings as of 1/22/2017. Listed after each school’s name is their previous ranking.

  1. Harvard University (1)
  2. Pennsylvania, University of (2)
  3. Trinity College (3)
  4. Princeton University (4)
  5. Yale University (6)
  6. Stanford University (5)
  7. Columbia University (7)
  8. Cornell University (8)
  9. Dartmouth College (9)
  10. Brown University (10)
  11. Williams College (11)
  12. George Washington University (12)
  13. Drexel University (15)
  14. Middlebury College (14)
  15. Bates College (16)
  16. Franklin and Marshall College (13)
  17. Amherst College (17)
  18. Tufts University (18)
  19. St. Lawrence University (19)
  20. Dickinson College (21)
  21. Bowdoin College (22)
  22. Wellesley College (20)
  23. Wesleyan University (23)
  24. William Smith College (24)
  25. Colby College (25)
  26. Hamilton College (26)
  27. Vassar College (27)
  28. Connecticut College (28)
  29. Mount Holyoke College (29)
  30. Haverford College (30)