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No. 1 Women's Squash Wins Battle of Unbeatens, Topples No. 2 Trinity, 7-2

Pictured: Laura Gemmell now stands at 4-0 at the No. 1 spot.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography


Video from Saturday's win

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The top-ranked Harvard women's squash team remained unbeaten on the season by downing No. 2 Trinity, 7-2, Saturday afternoon.  With the victory, the Crimson improves its record to 5-0 on the season, while the Bantams fall to 9-1.

With the squads using a three-court system, the Crimson jumped out to a 5-1 lead and the match was never in doubt.  At the No. 1 position, Laura Gemmell earned a 3-0 win over Pamela Hathaway, topping her opponent in three straight games, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7.  In the closest match of the day, Harvard's Nirasha Guruge lost the first two games to Nayelly Hernandez Perez, 11-6 and 11-7, but took the next two games in overtime, 12-10 and 12-10.  In the fifth and decisive game, Guruge held on for a 11-6 showing to win the match.

At the No. 5 spot, Natasha Kingshott rebounded from losing her first game to Robyn Hodgson, 11-8, to reel off three straight wins, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6.  Katherine O'Donnell took down JoAnn Jee in three straight games, 13-11, 11-1, 1-6 at the No. 6 position, while fellow co-captain Johanna Snyder defeated Alicia Rodriguez Acosta, 12-10, 11-4, 12-10.

The Crimson also earned wins at No. 8-9, as Sarah Mumanachit recorded a 3-1 win at the No. 8 spot against Emily Paton (9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9), and Cece Cortes outlasted Robyn Williams at the No. 9 position, 3-2 (11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 2-11, 11-6). 

Harvard will return to the Barnaby Courts to host No. 6 Stanford Sunday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m.

Complete Results
No. 1 Harvard 7, No. 2 Trinity 2
No. 1 Laura Gemmell (H) def. Pamela Hathway (T) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-7
No. 2 Nirasha Guruge (H) def. Nayelly Hernandez Perez (T) 3-2: 6-11, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10, 11-6
No. 3 Nour Bahgat (T) def. June Tiong (H) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-7
No. 4 Tehani Guruge (T) def. Alisha Mashruwala 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 11-6
No. 5 Natasha Kingshott (H) def. Robyn Hodgson (T) 3-1: 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6
No. 6 Katherine O'Donnell (H) def. JoAnn Jee (T) 3-0: 13-11, 11-2, 11-6
No. 7 Johanna Snyder (H) def. Alicia Rodriguez Acosta (T) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 12-10
No. 8 Sarah Mumanachit (H) def. Emily Paton (T) 3-1: 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9
No. 9 Cece Cortes (H) def. Robyn Williams (T) 3-2: 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 2-11, 11-6
No. 10 Vidya Rajan (H) def. Emery Holton (T) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10.