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No. 1 Women’s Squash Wins Every Game in 9-0 Victory Over No. 8 Williams

Pictured: Cece Cortes boasts a 6-0 record in matches this year.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography


Complete CSA Championships Bracket
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. –
The top-ranked Harvard women’s squash team advanced to the semifinals of the College Squash Association national women’s championships by defeating No. 8 Williams, 9-0, Friday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson improves to 10-0 on the season, while the Ephs drop to 15-7.

Harvard will now face No. 5 Yale in the semifinal round Saturday at 11:30 a.m.  The match against the Bulldogs will be streamed for free by the CSA.

At the top position, Laura Gemmell, who has yet to lose a game this season, handled Toby Eyre in three straight sets, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6. Nirasha Guruge picked up a similar 3-0 win over Jennifer Coxe at the No. 2 slot, as Guruge outscored Coxe, 11-4, 11-2, 11-. At the No. 3 slot, June Tiong outplayed Courtney Bogle, 11-5, 11-0, 11-2.

Harvard also controlled middle positions, led by Alisha Mashruwala who quickly downed Laura Henry, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5, at the No. 4 spot. Natasha Kingshott, who owns a perfect 10-0 record during her rookie season, earned back-to-back 11-3 wins in her first two games against Caroline Henry at the No. 5 slot. Kingshott clinched the match with an 11-7 victory in the third set.

Co-captains Johanna Snyder and Katherine O’Donnell cruised to wins in their respective matches. Snyder topped Alli Rubin, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2, at the No. 6 position, while O’Donnell dismissed Julia Reiser at the No. 8 spot, 11-1, 11-3, 11-3. Harvard also collected wins by Cece Cortes and Bethan Williams, at the seventh and ninth positions, respectively. Cortes outscored Kavitha Mannava, 11-1, 11-5, 11-3, while Williams defeated Carolyn Kaemmer, 11-2, 11-4, 11-3.

Complete Results
No. 1 Harvard 9, No. 8 Williams 0

No. 1 Laura Gemmell (H) def. Toby Eyre (W) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-6
No. 2 Nirasha Guruge (H) def. Jennifer Coxe (W) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-1
No. 3 June Tiong (H) def. Courtney Bogle (W) 3-0: 11-5, 11-0, 11-2
No. 4 Alisha Mashruwala (H) def. Laura Henry (W) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-5
No. 5 Natasha Kingshott (H) def. Caroline Henry (W) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-7
No. 6 Johanna Snyder (H) def. Alli Rubin (W) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-2
No. 7 Cece Cortes (H) def. Kavitha Mannava (W) 3-0: 11-1, 11-5, 11-3
No. 8 Katherine O’Donnell (H) def. Julia Reiser (W) 3-0: 11-1, 11-3, 11-3
No. 9 Bethan Williams (H) def. Carolyn Kaemmer (W): 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-3
No. 10 Sarah Mumanachit (H) def. Hannah Kaemmer (W) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-1