Laura Gemmell is looking for her second Ivy League championship in three years (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rivals Harvard and Yale will battle for the Ivy League women's squash championship and top seed in the College Squash Association (CSA) Women's Championship Sunday in New Haven, Conn. The match is scheduled to commence at 1 p.m.
The Crimson (13-0, 6-0 Ivy League) has won three consecutive Ivy League contests by virtue of sweep and enters the title match as the No. 1 squash in the CSA rankings.
Harvard, which won by 9-0 counts eight times this season, is led by a mix of veterans and newcomers in the top of its lineup. Freshman Amanda Sobhy (6-0) has dominated the No. 1 position since opening in the lineup after the new year, while junior Laura Gemmell (9-0), senior Nirasha Guruge (9-1) and freshman Haley Mendez (12-1) round out the top four.
Gemmell and Guruge, both returning All-Americans, are looking for their second Ivy League title in the last three years, while Harvard is looking for its 18th Ancient Eight crown.
The Bulldogs (15-0, 6-0 Ivy League) come into the match having won 22 consecutive matches after finishing 2010-11 with a perfect 17-0 mark. Yale's last lost came Feb. 28 in the Howe Cup 3rd place match to Trinity, 6-3, after falling 7-2 to Harvard in the semifinals. The Crimson went on to with the 2009-10 Howe Cup (national championship) match.
The Crimson will host the CSA Women's Championship to decide the national champion at the Murr Center Feb. 24-26. Harvard will be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed depending on Sunday's result.