No. 1 Harvard Powers Past No. 5 Yale, Advances to National Final

Pictured: Bethan Williams earned a win at the No. 9 slot and is now 7-0 overall this season.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

CSA Championships Bracket
Video Stream of National Championship Match

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –The top-ranked Harvard women’s squash team will play for the College Squash Association national team championship, as the Crimson cruised to a 7-2 win over archrival Yale Saturday afternoon. The Crimson will face No. 3 Penn in the national final, as Harvard will try to capture the 12th national crown in program history.

The national championship match between the Crimson and Quakers will be held at Yale’s Brady Squash Center Sunday at 2 p.m.  A live video stream of the final will be available.

Harvard, which has won the Ivy League crown and Barhite Award already this season, last won a national title in the 2000-01 season. 

Harvard, which improves to 11-0 on the season, picked up a 3-0 win at the No. 1 slot, as Laura Gemmell remained perfect on the season by defeating Logan Greer, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8. At the No. 4 position, Alisha Mashruwala also earned a 3-0 victory, as she outplayed Rhetta Nadas, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7. The Crimson had three other matches end 3-0 in its favor, including the No. 5 spot. Natasha Kingshott held off Alexandra Van Arkel, 11-8 and 14-12, in the first two sets, before taking the match, 11-4, in game three.

Cece Cortes and Caroline Reigeluth played a close match at the No. 7 position, but Cortes emerged with wins in three straight games, 13-11, 11-5, 14-12. Co-captain Katherine O’Donnell faced Aly Kerr at the No. 8 slot, with O’Donnell taking down her opponent, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9. Fellow co-captain Johanna Snyder also helped the Crimson advance to the national final by downing Katie Ballaine in four sets at the No. 6 spot, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5. At the No. 9 position, Bethan Williams dropped the first game against Katie Harrison, but rebounded to take the next three and the match, 11-6, 11-2, 11-4.

Complete Results
No. 1 Harvard 7, No. 5 Yale 2

No. 1 Laura Gemmell (H) def. Logan Greer (Y) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-8
No. 2 Alia Aziz (Y) def. Nirasha Guruge (H) 3-2: 11-8, 11-13, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8
No. 3 Sarah Toomey (Y) def. June Tiong (H) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-8
No. 4 Alisha Mashruwala (H) def. Rhetta Nadas (Y) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-7
No. 5 Natasha Kingshott (H) def. Alexandra Van Arkel (Y) 3-0: 11-8, 14-12, 11-4
No. 6 Johanna Snyder (H) def. Katie Ballaine (Y) 3-1: 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5
No. 7 Cece Cortes (H) def. Caroline Reigeluth (Y) 3-0: 13-11, 11-5, 14-12
No. 8 Katherine O’Donnell (H) def. Aly Kerr (Y) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-9
No. 9 Bethan Williams (H) def. Katie Harrison (Y) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-4