No. 3 Women's Squash Blanks Cornell to Advance to the Semifinals of the Howe Cup

No. 3 Women's Squash Blanks Cornell to Advance to the Semifinals of the Howe Cup

Cambridge, Mass. – The No. 3 Trinity College women's squash team scored a resounding 9-0 victory over No. 6 Cornell on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships (Howe Cup) at the Murr Center on the campus of Harvard University. The Bantams improve to 16-1 on the year with their fourth straight triumph, while the Big Red drop to 9-6 overall and move to the consolation side of the bracket.

Trinity was dominant, taking eight of the nine matches in three games. In the opening wave, first-year Salma El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt) and junior Sachika Balvani (Mumbai, India) each won their tilts, 3-0, at No. 6 and No. 9, respectively. Sophomore Anna Kimberley (Colchester, England) earned the Bantams third point of the day with a come-from-behind, 3-2, win at No. 3. Trailing 2-1, Kimberley won the fourth and fifth games, 11-6 and 11-8, to notch her 12th victory of the winter.

Trinity swept all three matches in the second and third waves to advance. Senior co-captain Ashley Tidman (Lamor-Plage, France) was a force at No. 5 taking her match by a score of 33-8 (11-3, 11-4, 11-1). At No. 2, first-year Raneem Sharaf (Giza, Egypt) cruised to a 33-15 (11-5, 11-4, 11-6) win.

The Bantams will return to action tomorrow, Feb. 14, squaring off with No. 2 Penn in the semifinals of the Howe Cup. Trinity scored a 5-4 victory versus the Quakers earlier this season in the Keystone State.