Trinity Women's Squash Breezes Past Princeton Into Howe Cup Finals

Salma Alam El Din '19 won, 3-1, at No. 2 in the lineup
Salma Alam El Din '19 won, 3-1, at No. 2 in the lineup

Cambridge, Mass. - The Trinity College Bantams swept the middle wave to take the match early in a 6-3 victory over the Princeton University Tigers in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship (Howe Cup) Semifinals this afternoon at Harvard University.  Trinity advances to the Howe Cup Finals for the first time since 2015 while improving to 15-2 and will face the top-seeded Harvard Crimson for the title tomorrow at 2 p.m.  Princeton, which had beaten the Bantams, 5-4, in January at home, drops to 14-1 and battles Yale tomorrow for third place.

Trinity led, 2-1, after the first wave thanks to two of its captains.  Senior Julia LeCoq (Creteil, France) completed a 3-0 drubbing of Grace Doyle at the No. 3 spot in the lineup and classmate Krolina Holinkova (Krnov, Czech) gutted out a 3-2 victory at the bottom of the ladder over Madison Soukup.  Holinkova rallied back from an 11-1 loss in the fourth game to take the fifth, 11-8.  Emme Leonard won for Princeton, 3-0, over Trinity sophomore Lakeesha Rarere (Hastings, New Zealand in the opening wave.

The Bantams ended the suspense in short order, as sophomore Vanessa Raj (Penang, Malaysia) and rookie Akanksha Salunkhe (Vasco de Gama, India) knocked out 3-0 victories, and sophomore Salma Alam El Din (Cairo, Egypt) won, 3-1, at the No. 2 position during the second wave.  Alam El Din lost her first game, 14-12, against Raneem El Torky but took the next three by a combined score of 33-18.  The Tigers took two of the three remaining points in the final wave, but Trinity first-year Min Jie Teh (Klang, Malaysia) added a 3-0 win over Samantha Chai, ranked No. 25 in the nation, at the No. 4 spot to make the final score, 6-3.

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