Trinity's Haley, Raj, And Salunkhe Win Holleran Women's Squash Singles Championships

Trinity's Haley, Raj, And Salunkhe Win Holleran Women's Squash Singles Championships

Providence, R.I. - Senior co-captain Jenny Haley (Newport, Wales), junior Vanessa Raj (Penang, Malaysia), and sophomore Akanksha Salunkhe (Vasco de Gama, India) each won Holleran Bracket championship title representing Trinity College in the 2018-19 College Squash Association (CSA) National Women's Singles Championships this weekend at Nicol Squash Club.  The CSA Women's Singles Holleran Division featured the No. 17 to No. 80-seeded collegiate women's players in four 16-player tournaments with each winner guaranteed to be named as an All-American for the 2018-19 season.  Haley outlasted Harvard's Sophie Mehta in five games to capture the Holleran West title in her final collegiate match.  She trailed, 2-1, after an 11-3 setback in the third game but rallied to win the fourth game, 11-7, and the clinching fifth, 11-4.  Raj won, 3-1, against Virginia's Emma Jinks to take the Holleran South crown, while Salunkhe dusted Mount Holyoke's Mihiliya Arachchige, 3-1, to win the Holleran North title, coming back from an 11-9 loss in the first game to take the next three, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.  

Haley, Raj, and Salunkhe had each won twice on Friday and again on Saturday to advance to a different Holleran bracket finals.  Trinity first-year Nadiia Usenko (Kiev, Ukraine) also won twice on Friday to reach the Holleran East Holleran semifinals, but lost, 3-0, to Harvard's Eleanore Evans in yesterday's semifinals.  Haley had posted a 3-0 win over Franklin and Marshall's Emily Knapp in the first round and a 3-1 victory against Princeton's Andrea Toth in the quarterfinals.  Raj rolled through her first two opponents with 3-0 triumphs over Melissa Swann, of Williams, and Anne Blasberg, of Dartmouth, while Bantam junior Lakeesha Rarere (Hastings, New Zealand) won one of two matches in the Holleran South bracket on day one. Usenko posted 3-0 wins over Drexel's Stephanie Ryan and Pennsylvania's Jamila Tamer on Friday, and Salunkhe downed St. Lawrence's Makyla Kelley and Princeton's Isabel Hirshberg by 3-0 scores.  In the Ramsay "A" bracket Friday, featuring the nation's top 16-seeded players, Trinity sophomore Min Jie Teh (Klang, Malaysia) and rookie Sarahi Lopez (Zapopan, Mexico) each went 1-1, while junior Salma Alam El Din (Cairo, Egypt) won one of three matches.  Haley earned a 3-0 decision against Bates' Luca Polgar in the Holleran West bracket yesterday, while Raj won, 3-0, in her semifinal match against Columbia's Nicole Kendall.  Salunkhe pulled out a 12-10 win in the opening game of her semifinal match against Yale's Aishwarya Battacharya before taking the next two, 11-7, and, 11-1.