Three Crimson Women Ranked in Top 10 by CSA

Nirasha Guruge is one of three Crimson ranked in the first individual CSA poll of the season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The College Squash Association released its first individual rankings of the season Friday, Dec. 3, and three Crimson women cracked the top 10. Laura Gemmell, Nirasha Guruge and June Tiong were ranked No. 1, 7 and 9, respectively.

Gemmell, who is the reigning CSA individual national champion, has won each of her first five matches by scores of 3-0. Gemmell has swept fifth-ranked Valeria Wiens of Dartmouth, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6, and 11th-ranked Pamela Chua of Stanford, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 in her dominating start to the 2010-11 season. Gemmell is slated to face the No. 2 ranked player, Pamela Hathway of Trinty, Jan. 26. Gemmell took down Hathway 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 last season.

Guruge, Harvard's No. 2, also holds a 5-0 record this season. Guruge has captured victories over 16th-ranked Jamie Laird, Cornell's highest ranked player, and 23rd-ranked Kerrie Sample from Stanford. She has also downed 31st-ranked Hannah Conant of Dartmouth in straight sets this season, 11-1, 11-5, 11-3.

Tiong holds a 4-0 record so far in the 2010-11 campaign. She began the season with a controlling win over Lydia Smith of Brown, 11-3, 11-2, 11-1, and followed it up with a 11-2, 11-4, 11-9 throttling of Serena Fagan of Stanford. Tiong completed her third sweep of the season against Melina Turk of Dartmouth on Dec. 1 before finally dropping a game to Lauren Sachvie of Cornell, a match she would win 3-1.

Two other Crimson student-athletes are ranked in the top 20. Captain Alisha Mashruwala is ranked No. 13 and Natasha Kingshott garnered the No. 17 ranking.

Harvard has started the season 5-0, and 3-0 Ivy action, and has not lost an individual match. The Crimson will next be in action on Jan. 19 when it travels to Bates for a non-conference matchup.