Freshman Amanda Sobhy faces Yale's Millie Tomlinson in tomorrow's CSA Individual Championship title match (photo courtesy Dale Walker).
AMHERST, Mass. – The Harvard women's squash program will have a chance for its second national championship this season, as Amanda Sobhy advanced to the title match at the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championship in Amherst, Mass. The Crimson won the team championship last weekend with an 8-1 win over Yale at the Murr Center.
Sobhy has been dominant in the first two days of the three-day event. The freshman has not allowed more than four points in a game, while sweeping all four matches. Today, Sobhy cruised past Princeton teammates Elizabeth Eyre, 3-1 (11-1, 11-4, 11-2), and Julie Cerullo by an identical score. The Sea Cliff, N.Y., native is undefeated at 14-0 this season and the tournament's No. 1 seed.
Laura Gemmell had a chance to make it an all Harvard final, but fell in the other semifinal. No. 2-seeded Millie Tomlinson of Yale knocked off Gemmell, the tournament's No. 3 seed, 3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-5). Earlier in the day, Gemmell swept Pamela Chua of Stanford, 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-9).
Sobhy moves on to face Tomlinson in tomorrow's individual national championship at noon. Tomlinson is the defending champion, as she knocked out Gemmell from last year's tournament in the title match. Sobhy beat Yale's No. 1, 3-0 (11-1, 11-3, 11-1), in the team national championship.
In second round consolation action, Haley Mendez has advanced to the finals with a pair of wins. Mendez beat Harvard teammate Nirasha Guruge, 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-8), and Cornell's Danielle Letourneau, 3-1 (6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8). The freshman will face Trinity's Catalina Pelaez in tomorrow's 9:45 a.m. consolation final.