Trinity Women's Squash Impresses With Dominant Win At No. 4-Ranked Yale

Raneem Sharaf '18 won, 3-0, at the top of the ladder
Raneem Sharaf '18 won, 3-0, at the top of the ladder

New Haven, Conn. - Sophomore Salma Alam El Din (Cairo, Egypt) won, 3-0, at the No. 2 spot on the ladder to earn her team's match-clinching fifth point, as the visiting Trinity College Bantams collected an 8-1 win against the Yale University Bulldogs in women's squash action this evening at Brady Courts.  No. 3-ranked Trinity made a statement with the impressive victory over the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs, as six Bantams won by 3-0 scores.  The Bantams will host No. 5-ranked Stanford on Friday at 6 p.m. in its next match.  Trinity Head Coach Wendy Bartlett earns her 400th career victory.  She is 400-107 in her 34th season with the Bantams.

Trinity led, 2-1, after the first wave thanks to a 3-0 win by sophomore Vanessa Raj (Penang, Malaysia) and a 3-1 win by senior tri-captain Julia LeCoq (Creteil, France).  Yale junior Emily Sherwood (Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.) earned a 3-0 win at the bottom of the ladder over Trinity senior tri-captain Karolina Holinkova (Krnov, Czech) for the lone Bulldog point of the night, but sophomore Lakeesha Rarere (Hastings, New Zealand), rookie Akanksha Salunkhe (Vasco de Gama, India), and Alam El Din each blanked her opponent to give the Bantams a 5-1 lead and the win. 

Trinity posted two more 3-0 triumphs, as Trinity freshman Min Jie Teh (Klang, Malaysia) improved to a team-best 10-0 with her win at No. 4, and senior tri-captain Raneem Sharaf (Cairo, Egypt), ranked No. 5 nationally,  bested No. 8-ranked Lucy Beecroft (Newcastle, England) at the top of the ladder. Bantam junior Jenny Haley (Newport, Wales) closed it out with a 3-2 comeback win in the No. 7 position after falling behind, 2-0. 

Hartford Courant Coverage

Trinity v. Yale
1. TC- Raneem Sharaf d. Lucy Beecroft, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3
2. TC- Salma Alam El Din d. Celine Yeap, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4
3. TC- Julia LeCoq d. Helen Teegan, 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9
4. TC- Min Jie Teh d. Aishwarya Bjattacharya, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7
5. TC- Lakeesha Rarere d. Jocelyn Lehman, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
6. TC- Vanessa Raj d. Selena Maity, 11-5, 13-11, 11-3
7. TC- Jenny Haley d. Riya Mital, 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4
8. TC- Akanksha Salunkhe d. Jen Davis, 11-5, 11-8, 11-3
9. Y- Emily Sherwood d. Karolina Holinkova, 12-10, 11-8, 11-2
Trinity (Conn.) 8, Yale 1