Harvard blanked Cornell for the second time this season (Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The top-ranked Harvard women's squash team got off to a strong start in its opening game of the Howe Cup, blanking No. 8 Cornell, 9-0, Friday afternoon at the Brady Squash Center.
Harvard, the defending Howe Cup champions, earned a complete sweep, winning all 27-0 games against the Big Red for its second sweep of Cornell this season. With the victory, the Crimson advance to the semifinals, where it will contend against Trinity tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
The first wave of Alyssa Mehta, Sue Ann Yong and Sophie Mehta put Harvard ahead, 3-0, as each made quick work of their oppoents with sweeps across the board. Alyssa and Yong earned their sixth wins of the season at the respective No. 3 and No. 6 positions, while Sophie notched her 10th triumph of the season.
The second flight of Kayley Leonard, Michelle Gemmell and Dileas MacGowan kept the momentum going for the Crimson and sealed the match. Gemmell and MacGowan earned their ninth victories on the year and Leonard notched her seventh win at the No. 2 position.
With the victory in hand, Harvard's final wave sealed the sweep as Sabrina Sobhy, Katherine Tutrone and Saumya Karki put the final touches on the perfect 27-0 game score. Sobhy earned her eight win at the No. 1 position, while Tutrone and Karki registered their respective ninth and 10th wins on the year.
No. 1 Sabrina Sobhy (H) def. Rachel Scherman - 3-0
No. 2 Kayley Leonard (H) def. Margaux Losty - 3-0
No. 3 Alyssa Mehta (H) def. Emma Uible - 3-0
No. 4 Katherine Tutrone (H) def. Charlotte Knaggs - 3-0
No. 5 Michelle Gemmell (H) def. Nghi Nguyen - 3-0
No. 6 Sue Ann Yong (H) def. Reut Ordinak - 3-0
No. 7 Saumya Karki (H) def. - Lauren Leizman - 3-0
No. 8 Dileas MacGowan (H) def. Hannah Scherl - 3-0
No. 9 Sophie Mehta (H) def. Olivia Wherry - 3-0