New Haven, Conn. - The Trinity College women's squash team fell, 5-4, to the top-seeded Harvard Crimson in the 2016 College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship (Howe Cup) Semifinals this afternoon at Brady Courts at Yale University. Trinity, who lost to Harvard in last year's Championship, completes team competition with a 12-5 record, with two losses in 5-4 fashion to the Crimson, while Harvard improves to 12-0 and advances to tomorrow's Howe Cup Championship game.
Trinity earned the first of its four wins in the first wave as freshman Jenny Haley (Caldicot, Wales) defeated Harvard's Sue Ann Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), 3-0, in the No. 6 matchup. Haley won the first set, 11-9, before winning the second two sets, 11-8, and 14-12, for the Bantams. Harvard finished the first wave with a 2-1 lead as Sophie Mehta (Toronto, Ontario) defeated Trinity sophomore Karolina Holinkova (Krnov, Czech Republic) in three straight sets (11-4, 11-4, 11-1), and Alyssa Mehta (Toronto, Ontario) knocked off Bantam sophomore Julia LeCoq (Creteil, France), also in three straight sets (13-11, 11-7, 11-5).
Michelle Gemmell (Toronto, Ontario) defeated Trinity sophomore Salma El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt), 3-0, in the No. 5 spot to start the second wave with a victory for Harvard. Trinity junior Alex Echeverria (San Salvador, El Salvador) won the first set, 13-11, against Harvard's Dileas MacGowan (Toronto, Ontario), but MacGowan answered by winning three straight sets to give Harvard a commanding 4-1 lead. Bantam sophomore Raneem Sharaf (Giza, Egypt) kept Trinity in it with a 3-1 win in the No. 2 spot over Harvard's Kayley Leonard (Harrison, N.Y.). Sharaf won the first set, 11-6, and dropped the second, 13-11, before rattling off 13-11 and 11-6 wins to close out the win and give Trinity a chance to win the match entering the third wave.
Trinity co-captain Kanzy El Defrawy blanked Harvard's Sabrina Sobhy (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) in the No. 1 matchup to give Trinity a shot, down 4-3, however Crimson senior Saumya Karki (Thane, India) knocked off Trinity co-captain Sachika Balvani (Mumbai, India) in the No. 4 matchup to clinch the match victory for Harvard. Trinity junior Anna Kimberley (Colchester, England) won, 3-1, in the No. 4 matchup, but it came after Harvard had already clinched the match.