MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The nationally-ranked No. 23 Wesleyan University women's squash team will compete in the 2019 College Squash Association (CSA) Women's Team National Championships this weekend, beginning Friday, Feb. 22 and wrapping up Sunday, Feb. 24. The Cardinals earned the No. 7 seed in the Walker Cup (C Division) and will face the No. 8 seed, Dickinson College, in the Quarterfinals at 12 p.m. Friday. Wesleyan and Trinity are hosting the tournament, marking the first time-ever that non-Ivy League schools are serving as hosts.
- The Cardinals enter the national postseason with a 7-10 record and are 3-3 inside the Rosenbaum Squash Center.
- Wesleyan is 2-2 in the month of February and is coming off a 5-4 win against No. 22 Hamilton in the consolation round of the NESCAC Championships on Feb. 10.
- Leading the way for the Cardinals is sophomore Aditi Prasad, who has played all 17 matches in the No. 1 spot. The Georgia native is currently 9-8 overall on the year.
- At the No. 2 and 3 positions, Wesleyan has been led by sophomore Ananya Vir and junior Nina Premutico, respectively. Vir is 7-9 in the No. 2 slot and Premutico is 4-5 in the No. 3 spot.
- Providing veteran leadership all season have been senior co-captains Ali Imperiale and Ale Lampietti, who have played in several different spots from the No. 4 to the No. 7.
- Head Coach Shona Kerr has also seen strong play from first-year Annie Roach who has won six matches, playing in the No. 5 to No. 9 slots.
- Dickinson is ranked No. 18 in the country and is 9-7 overall.
- The Red Devils are riding a hot streak entering the tournament and have won their last four matches.
- Friday marks the second meeting between the two teams this season, as Dickinson won the previous matchup on Dec. 2, 9-0.
- The winner will advance to the semifinals on Saturday to face the winner of No. 5 Bates and No. 6 Hamilton. The semifinal match is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity, while the loser will drop into the consolation semifinals which is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday at Wesleyan.