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Win Over Brown Sets Up No. 1 Women’s Squash With Ivy Title Match

Nirasha Guruge won her final regular season match in the Murr Center with a 3-0 victory Friday night (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With a match against No. 2 Yale looming, the top-ranked Harvard women's squash team took care of business by beating No. 10 Brown, 9-0, Friday night at the Murr Center.

The win means Harvard (13-0, 6-0 Ivy League) and Yale (15-0, 6-0 Ivy League) will battle in New Haven, Conn., Sunday at 1p.m. for the Ivy League championship and top seed in the College Squash Association (CSA) Women's Championship. The Crimson will host the CSA Women's Championship to decide the national champion at the Murr Center Feb. 24-26.

The Crimson registered its eight sweep of the season and third consecutive 9-0 score against Ancient Eight opponents with the easy victory over Brown (9-7, 1-5 Ivy League). Harvard improved to 43-0 in the all-time series against the Bears and shutout Brown for the 22nd time overall dating back to 1974-75.

All nine Crimson in the starting lineup won by 3-0 tallies, including Amanda Sobhy and Laura Gemmell, who allowed just eight points combined in taking the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.

Gemmell (9-0) and Soby (6-0) remained undefeated this season along with Sarah Mumanachit and Megan Murray. Mumanachit (11-0) eased past Lydia Smith, 3-0 (11-3, 12-10, 11-3) and Murray (8-0) trounced Sarah Beresford, 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-4).

Senior co-captains Nirasha Guruge and Cece Cortes played a pivotal yet again for the Crimson in their final regular season match at the Murr Center. Guruge defeated Sarah Crosky, 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-8), while Cortes swept Katherine Elliott-Moskwa, 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-1).

Harvard rounds out the regular season Sunday at 1 p.m. with the Ivy League's deciding match in New Haven, Conn.

Results
No. 1 Amanda Sobhy def. Dori Rahbar (B), 3-0: 11-2, 11-0, 11-1
No. 2 Laura Gemmell def. Sarah Domenick (B), 3-0: 11-0, 11-0, 11-5
No. 3 Nirasha Guruge def. Sarah Crosky (B), 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
No. 4 Haley Mendez def. Mina Shakarshy (B), 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 12-10
No. 5 Cece Cortes def. Katherine Elliott-Moskwa (B), 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-1
No. 6 Sarah Mumanachit def. Lydia Smith (B), 3-0: 11-3, 12-10, 11-3
No. 7 Julianne Chu def. Erika Kohnen (B), 3-0: 11-3, 11-0, 11-3
No. 8 Megan Murray def. Sarah Beresford (B), 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-4
No. 9 Eliza Calihan def. Kathryn Yates (B), 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 13-11
No. 10 Vidya Rajan def. Alexandra White (B), 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 11-0