Babjukova Rallies to Lead Women's Squash to the CSA National Championship

Babjukova Rallies to Lead Women's Squash to the CSA National Championship

Cambridge, Mass. – Senior co-captain Natalie Babjukova (Prague, Czech Republic) scored a 3-2 come-from-behind win at No. 7 to help the No. 3 Trinity College women's squash team past No. 2 Penn, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon in the semifinal round of the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships (Howe Cup) at the Murr Center on the campus of Harvard University. With the win, the Bantams improve to 17-1 overall and advance to the Howe Cup Finals for a rematch with the host and top-seeded Crimson.

With the score tied at four apiece during the third wave, Babjukova erased a 2-1 deficit by winning the fourth and fifth games in the deciding match. After trailing early, she won the fourth game 11-7 and she led throughout the fifth game en route to an 11-6 triumph.

In the first wave, Trinity dropped two of three matches as junior Sachiva Balvani (Mumbai, India) won her contest 3-0 at No. 9 to earn the first point of the day for the Bantams. The match was closer than the score indicated as Balvani earned a 13-11, 11-9, 11-8, victory.

The defending national champions responded by taking two of three matches in the second wave to tie the match at three. Senior Ashley Tidman (Lamor-Plage, France) took her match at No. 5, 3-0, and first-year Karolina Holinkova (Krnov, Czech Republic) also swept her opponent at No. 8 for Trinity.

In the final wave, the Quakers grabbed a 4-3 edge with a 3-0 victory at No. 4. The Bantams responded at No. 1, as Kanzy El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt) cruised to a three-game victory to tie the match once again at four. El Defrawy was dominant at the top as she won her tilt by a combined score of 33-8 (11-0, 11-5, 11-3). 

Trinity will look to claim its second straight CSA National Title tomorrow, Feb. 15, as they take on Harvard at 4 p.m.