Every team has its big guns--players who not only can dominate a game, but are expected to.
The Harvard women's squash team is no different. Senior Jordanna Fraiberg and junior Libby Eynon are the respective first and second seeds on the Crimson, and both have rarely failed to produce wins in their matches.
"They are the two best women I've coached," Harvard Coach Bill Doyle said. "They are both very athletic, aggressive, and focused."
Behind the efforts of Fraiberg and Eynon, the Crimson have started off the season 3-0, with victories over Brown, Trinity and Franklin & Marshall.
Both players got hooked on squash at an early age from watching family members play the sport. Eventually, they honed their skills at squash clubs.
"I've been playing since I was 10," Fraiberg said. "My family belonged to an athletic club. My brother started playing in tournaments, and I'd go along to watch him. So I said, 'I might as well play too.'"
"I've played for nine years," Eynon said. "My dad played at a club, and then I started, too. In Cincinnati, they don't have high school squash teams, so I took lessons from the squash pro at the club."
Another thing that they had in common was their opponents. Specifically, they always played males.
"I grew up playing with Neal Tew, who was a captain [for Harvard's men's squash team] last year," Eynon said. "There were about seven of us at the club, and I was the only girl."
Growing up in Montreal, Fraiberg experienced the same difficulties.
"There weren't many women to play at my level," Fraiberg said. "I would always play men better than me."
While they were still in high school, Fraiberg and Eynon sharpened their skills in junior tournaments.
"I played in the junior worlds for the Canadian team," she said. "I was exposed to a high level of squash, and when I came back, I was playing really well and won the nationals."
"I've played in junior tournaments and for the U.S. world team," Eynon said. "The more you play, the more experience you get.
"In tournaments I would often play [sophomore] Blair Clark, who is now my teammate, and I practice against her every day."