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Gemmell, Guruge Advance to Quarterfinals of CSA Individual National Championship

Nirasha Guruge (pictured) and Laura Gemmel advanced to the quarterfinals of the CSA Individual National Championship (Gil Talbot).

HANOVER, N.H. – Defending champion, Laura Gemmell and teammate Nirasha Guruge, each won their first two matches of the 2011 CSA Individual National Championship to advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Gemmell and Guruge were two of seven Crimson competing in the Ramsay (A) division at the event. Gemmell blew through Alexis Saunders in three sets in the opening round and took down Jamie Laird in four in the round of 16 to set up a quarterfinals match against Pamela Chua.

Guruge opened with a three-set sweep of Hannah Conant before taking a four-set victory from Valeria Weins in the round of 16. Logan Greer awaits Guruge in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Following opening-round losses, Natasha Kingshott and June Tiong won their first matches in the consolation bracket and will face each other in the consolation quarterfinals Saturday. Cece Cortes also picked up a win in the first round of the consolation bracket over Jennifer Pelletier to advance to the consolation quarterfinals.

Day two of the tournament will begin a 9 a.m. at Dartmouth.

Compete Brackets

Ramsay Division
Laura Gemmel (H) def. Alexis Saunders 3-0: 11-5,11-3,11-4
Laura Gemmel (H) def. Jamie Laird 3-1: 11-9,6-11,11-6,11-7
Nirasha Guruge (H) def. Hannah Conant 3-0: 11-4,11-3,12-10
Nirasha Guruge (H) def. Valeria Weins 3-1: 11-7,6-11,11-3,11-3
Jamie Laird def. Alisha Mashruwala (H) 3-0: 11-4,12-10,12-10
Pamela Hathway def. Natasha Kingshott (H) 3-2: 7-11,11-7,12-10,11-13,11-7
Elizabeth Eyre def. June Tiong (H) 3-2: 5-11,11-8,11-13,11-9,12-10
Logan Greer def. Cece Cortes 3-0: 11-5,11-3,11-8
Catalina Palaez def. Sarah Mumanachit 3-2: 11-6,5-11,10-12,11-5,11-2
Natasha Kingshott (H) def. J Pacheco 3-1: 11-7,11-4,13-15,11-3
June Tiong (H) def. C. Schafer 3-1: 11-8,11-7,11-13,11-5
Cece Cortes (H) def. Jennifer Pelletier 3-0: 11-4,11-6,12-10
Y. Odinak def. Sarah Mumanachit (H) 3-2: 14-12,6-11,4-11,11-9,12-10
A. Saunder def. Alisha Mashruwala (H) 3-1: 11-9,11-6,9-11,11-9