Trinity Women's Squash Drops Last Regular Season Match To Harvard

Lakeesha Rarere '20
Lakeesha Rarere '20

Hartford, Conn. - The visiting Harvard University Crimson maintained their standing as the nation's top team with an 8-1 victory over the Trinity College Bantams at Kellner Center this afternoon.  The Bantams, ranked No. 3 in the nation, lose for the first time in six matches, and close the dual-match season at 10-2.  Top-ranked Harvard improves to 8-0.  Trinity will defend its New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title this weekend in the league championship tournament at Hamilton College.

Trinity sophomore Vanessa Raj (Penang, Malaysia) provided some highlights in the first wave, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to win three in a row and win, 3-2, against Crimson senior Sue Ann Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) at No. 6 in the lineup.  Harvard went ahead, 3-0, with 3-0 wins at the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 9 spots, and increased its advantage to 4-1 with a 3-0 victory by junior Sophie Mehta (Toronto, Ontario).  At the top of the lineup, Harvard junior Sabrina Sobhy (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) won the first game, but Trinity senior tri-captain Raneem Sharaf (Mumbai, India) led the second game, 10-7 before Sobhy rallied to win five points in a row for a 12-10 triumph.  Sobhy took the third game, 11-5, and clinched the decision for the Crimson.  Trinity first-year Min Jie Teh (Klang, Malaysia) posted an 11-6 in to pull to within 2-1 in the No. 4 match, but lost, 11-5, in the fourth game to suffer her first loss as a collegian (11-1).

1. H - Sabrina Sobhy d. Raneem Sharaf: 11-9, 12-10, 11-5
2. H - Georgina Kennedy d.  Salma Alam El Din: 11-7, 11-6, 11-4
3. H - Kayley Leonard d. Julia LeCoq: 11-4, 11-4, 11-5
4. H –Alyssa Mehta d. Min Jie Teh: 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5
5. H - Amelia Henley d. Lakeesha Rarere: 11-13, 11-1, 11-4, 11-4
6. TC – Vanessa Raj d. Sue Ann Yong: 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9
7. H - Eleonore Evans d. Jenny Haley: 11-8, 11-13, 11-8
8. H – Sophie Mehta d. Akanksha Salunkhe: 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
9. H – Hannah Craig d. Karolina Holinkova: 11-5, 12-10, 13-11
Harvard 8, Trinity (Conn.) 1