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Amanda Sobhy Cruises into Ramsay Cup Finals

Amanda Sobhy is on the verge of her second straight Ramsay Cup and the 12th in program history (Gil Talbot). 

HARTFORD, Conn. – Harvard sophomore Amanda Sobhy continued her impressive run with a pair of victories Saturday to advance to the College Squash Association Individual National Championship match for the second consecutive year.

Sobhy, who won last year's Ramsay Cup, cruised in both of her matches to earn another trip to the finals at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, this time against Trinity's Kanzy El Defrawy. The sophomore made quick work of Cornell's Danielle Letourneau, 11-1, 11-5, 11-3, in the quarterfinals, and she handled Penn's Yan Xin Tan, 11-5, 11-2, 11-5, in the semifinals to improve to 14-0 on the year.

Senior Laura Gemmell also reached the Ramsay Cup round of eight, but she fell to El Defraway, 11-1, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, to have her Crimson career come to an end. The 2010 CSA Individual National Champion finishes her career with a 61-6 mark during his four years in Cambridge, including a 14-3 record this year.

In the first round consolation, freshman Michelle Gemmell earned a pair of victories to reach the finals. She bested Rachel Leizman of Princeton, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2, in the quarterfinals before sweeping Cornell's Jaime Laird, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6. Gemmell will face Penn's Pia Trikha at noon Sunday in the bracket final.

Sophomore Haley Mendez also reached a championship match, winning two contests in the second round consolation to move on to face Catalina Pelaez of Trinity at 10:45 tomorrow for the title. She began the afternoon with an 11-7, 11-8, 11-3 triumph against Jesse Pacheco of Cornell, and Mendez toppled No. 7 seed Pam Chua of Stanford, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 11-7.

Julianne Chu was the only member of the Crimson competing in the Holleran Cup, and she reached the quarterfinals with a victory on Friday; however, she fell to Dartmouth's Nina Scott, 11-8, 13-11, 11-13, 11-6, in the round of eight.