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No. 2 Women's Squash Cruises Past Brown, 9-0

Pictured: Nirasha Guruge picked up a 3-0 win at the No. 1 slot.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The second-ranked Harvard women's squash team opened its 2009-10 season by defeating Ivy League rival No. 10 Brown by a 9-0 margin Friday evening.  The Crimson won 27 of 28 games at the match to grab its first victory of the year.

Alisha Mashruwala kicked off the match with a 3-0 decision over Sarah Crosky at the No. 2 spot, posting three straight 11-5 wins.  At the No. 4 position, co-captain Katherine O'Donnell earned a 3-0 win, topping Kali Schellenberg 11-5, 11-3, 11-5, while Bethan Williams handed Sarah Beresford a 3-0 defeat, posting 11-0, 11-4 and 11-2 wins in the three games.  At the No. 8 slot, Cece Cortes held off Sarah Roberts, 12-10, in the first game, before pulling away 11-5 and 11-5 for the win. 

Nirasha Guruge downed Laura Pyne, 3-0, at the No. 1, as Guruge boasted wins of 11-6, 11-5 and 11-0.  In her first collegiate match, Natasha Kingshott handled Sophie Scherl, 11-4, 11-1 and 11-5, while fellow freshman Sarah Mumanachit dropped her first game to Lydia Smith, 9-11, but took the next three games, 11-7, 11-5 and 11-5.  Co-captain Johanna Snyder crusied past Erik Kohnen, 3-0 (11-4, 11-6, 11-1) and Sandra Mumanachit earned Harvard's ninth victory, as she defeated Leila Driansky, 3-0 (11-3, 11-6, 11-5).

Harvard returns to the courts at No. 8 Williams Sunday.  The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Complete Results
1. Nirasha Guruge (H) def. Laura Pyne (B) 3-0: 11-6,11-5,11-0
2. Alisha Mashruwala (H) def. Sarah Crosky (B) 3-0: 11-5,11-5,11-5
3. Natasha Kingshott (H) def. Sophie Scherl (B) 3-0: 11-3,11-1,11-5
4. Katherine O'Donnell (H) def. Kali Schellenberg (B) 3-0: 11-5,11-3,11-5
5. Sarah Mumanachit (H) def. Lydia Smith (B) 3-1: 9-11,11-7,11-5,11-5
6. Bethan Williams (H) def. Sarah Beresford (B) 3-0: 11-0,11-4,11-2
7. Johanna Snyder (H) def. Erika Kohnen (B) 3-0: 11-4,11-6,11-1
8. Cece Cortes (H) def. Sarah Roberts (B) 3-0: 12-10,11-5,11-5
9. Sandra Mumanachit (H) def. Leila Driansky (B) 3-0: 11-3,11-6,11-5
10. Vidya Rajan (H) def. Kyla Harrington (B) 3-0: 11-3,11-1,11-3