By Michael T. Bello
Published Feb 9, 2017 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 9:30 PM 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 computerized ranking. At the end of January, an article explaining the computerized ranking methodology was published.

As part of the computerized rankings, the College Squash Association will rank varsity and club 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.

George Washington avenged an earlier loss to Virginia by winning the Washington/Jefferson Cup. This allowed the Colonials to gain enough points to move into the 12th-ranking position ahead of Virginia.

After defeating Middlebury at the NESCAC Championships, Bates switched positions with the Panthers. Bates moves to 14th, while Middlebury drops to 15th.

Bowdoin and Tufts switched positions from last week. With the Polar Bears’ 5-4 victory over the Jumbos, Bowdoin takes the 19th position, while Tufts moves down to 21st.

Colby is in a race to gain ranking points. As explained in the recent article on Elo, “All matches are taken into account up to the ranking date, treating a match played on November 1st as having the same importance as a match played on the final day of the regular season.” Colby’s five losses to St. Lawrence, Tufts, Wellesley, Wesleyan, and William Smith continue to offset the Mules’ surge over the past several weeks. Yet Colby is narrowing the point gap and with another ranking cycle could still move up.

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 2/5/2017. Listed after each school’s name is their previous ranking. Listed after each school’s name is their previous ranking and their Elo point total.

  1. Harvard University (1; 1278.943)
  2. Pennsylvania, University of (2; 1248.409)
  3. Trinity College (3; 1217.54)
  4. Princeton University (4; 1217.505)
  5. Yale University (5; 1190.584)
  6. Stanford University (6; 1169.408)
  7. Cornell University (7; 1149.128)
  8. Columbia University (8; 1129.503)
  9. Brown University (9; 1110.228)
  10. Williams College (10; 1091.577)
  11. Dartmouth College (11; 1085.271)
  12. George Washington University (13; 1068.467)
  13. Virginia, University of (12; 1068.456)
  14. Bates College (15; 1046.601)
  15. Middlebury College (14; 1043.063)
  16. Drexel University (16; 1040.94)
  17. Franklin and Marshall College (17; 1038.863)
  18. Amherst College (18; 1016.492)
  19. Bowdoin College (21; 994.131)
  20. Dickinson College (20; 991.464)
  21. Tufts University (19; 989.703)
  22. William Smith College (22; 988.346)
  23. St. Lawrence University (23; 984.786)
  24. Wesleyan University (24; 984.363)
  25. Colby College (25; 984.3)
  26. Hamilton College (27; 974.173)
  27. Vassar College (28; 973.985)
  28. Wellesley College (26; 972.601)
  29. Connecticut College (29; 963.859)
  30. Northeastern University (30; 943.194)
  31. Mount Holyoke College (31; 923.636)
  32. Haverford College (32; 903.668)
  33. Smith College (33; 887.538)
  34. Georgetown University (NR; 883.323)
  35. Bucknell University* (NR; 941.916)
  36. California Berkeley, University of* (NR; 994.469)
  37. Washington University in St. Louis* (NR; 906.152)
  38. Denison University (34; 862.287)
  39. Colgate University* (NR; 930.338)
  40. Rochester, University of (35; 840.95)
  41. Bard College (NR; 818.456)
  42. New York University (NR; 794.321)
  43. Fordham University (NR; 768.019)
  44. Johns Hopkins University (36; 737.369)

*Non-varsity adjustment