Laura Gemmell won the No. 1 match, but Harvard lost 5-4 to Yale (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The top two teams in women's squash met for the second time in eight days and to Harvard's dismay the match ended with No. 1 Yale on top, 5-4. The Bulldogs' victory earned them the Howe Cup as the 2011 CSA Women's National Team Champion.
Using a three-court system, Yale jumped out to a 2-1 early lead winning the No.3 and 9 matches. Cece Cortes earned Harvard's first point of the match, defeating Katie Ballaine, 3-1.
Bethan Williams and Sarah Mumanachit tied the match at 3-3 with sweeps in the No. 7 and 8 matches, respectively. Rhetta Nadas put the Bulldogs up, 4-3, winning the No. 5 match, but Laura Gemmell gave Harvard its fourth point, defeating Logan Greer in the No. 1 match, 3-2.
The epic match came down to the No. 4 match and unfortunately for the Crimson freshman Kimberly Hay of Yale proved to be too much for Harvard's June Tiong. Hay would clinch the title for the Bulldogs, downing Tiong, 3-1.
Harvard finishes the season with an 11-2 record. The team will continue practicing for the next two weeks as it prepares for the 2011 CSA Women's Individual Championship hosted by Dartmouth March 4.
No. 1 Laura Gemmell (H) def. Logan Greer (Y) 3-2
No. 2 Camilla Tomlinson (Y) def. Nirasha Guruge (H) 3-0
No. 3 Sarah Toomey (Y) def. Alisha Mashruwala (H) 3-0
No. 4 Kimberley Hay (Y) def. June Tiong (H) 3-1
No. 5 Rhetta Nadas (Y) def. Natasha Kingshott (H) 3-2
No. 6 Cece Cortes (H) def. Katie Ballaine (Y) 3-1
No. 7 Sarah Mumanachit (H) def. Caroline Reigeluth (Y) 3-0
No. 8 Bethan Williams (H) def. Alexandra Van Arkel (Y) 3-0
No. 9 Lillian Fast (Y) def. Alexandra Zindman (H) 3-0