Laura Gemmell (right) won the No. 1 match Saturday, but Harvard lost the team match, 5-4 (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 1 Harvard women’s squash team played a back-and-forth match with No. 2 Yale Saturday afternoon, but it was the Bulldogs that finished ahead in the end. Yale captures the 2010 Ivy League crown and finishes the season 14-0, 5-0 Ivy. Harvard finishes the regular season 9-1, 5-1 Ivy.
Using a three-court system, the No. 3, 6 and 9 matches started things off. Harvard’s Alisha Mashruwala and Yale’s Toomey faced off on the premiere glass court in front of a packed ground, while Cece Cortes went head-to-head with Katie Ballaine and Alexandra Zindman played against Alexandra Van Arkel. Toomey and Van Arkel each secured 3-0 victories for Yale, but Cortes kept Harvard in it with an 11-1, 11-6, 11-2 win.
The No. 2, 5 and 8 matches were next on the courts. Camilla Tomlinson pushed Yale’s lead to 3-1 with a 3-0 win in the No. 2 match. Harvard battled back though, winning the next two matches by identical 3-1 scores. Natasha Kingshott dropped a tough second set, 19-17, but breezed through the final two sets to bring Harvard within one. Bethan Williams lost the first set of her No. 8 match but took the next three and evened the match score at three.
Harvard’s No. 1 Laura Gemmell hastily took care of Logan Greer in three sets to push the Crimson lead to 4-3. The Bulldogs then began a comeback of their own. After a close second set, Yale’s Kimberly Hay downed June Tiong, 11-9, 13-11, 11-3, to even the match once again, this time at four apiece.
One court over, Harvard’s Sarah Mumanachit and Yale’s Caroline Reigeluth were in the early stages of the fifth set of their match. Reigeluth jumped out to an early lead and Mumanachit’s late surge was not enough as Reigeluth came away with a 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 win, clinching the Ivy League title for the Bulldogs.
Both squads will be in action again next weekend in Princeton, N.J. at the CSA National Team Championships. Matches will begin Feb. 18 and continue through Sun., Feb. 20. Harvard will be looking to defend its 2010 CSA National Team Championship at the tournament.
No. 1 Laura Gemmell (H) def. Logan Greer (Y) 3-0: 11-0, 11-6,
No. 2 Camilla Tomlinson (Y) def. Nirasha Guruge (H) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-7
No. 3 Sarah Toomey (Y) def. Alisha Mashruwala (H) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-9
No. 4 Kimberley Hay (Y) def. June Tiong (H) 3-0: 11-9, 13-11, 11-3
No. 5 Natasha Kingshott (H) def. Rhetta Nadas 3-1: 11-6, 17-19, 11-5, 11-3
No. 6 Cece Cortes (H) def. Katie Ballaine (Y) 3-0: 11-1, 11-6, 11-2
No. 7 Caroline Reigeluth (Y) def. Sarah Mumanachit (H) 3-2: 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7
No. 8 Bethan Williams (H) def. Gwendoline Tilghman (Y) 3-1: 10-12, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
No. 9 Alexandra Van Arkel (Y) def. Alexandra Zindman (H): 11-6, 11-5, 11-5