HARTFORD, Conn. – The No. 2 Harvard women's squash team withstood its toughest test of the season to-date, defeating No. 3 Trinity, 8-1, on Monday night at the Kellner Squash Center. The Crimson (8-0) weathered the Bantams (10-2) to retain its perfect record and extend its unbeaten streak to 46 matches.
Harvard was dominant at the top and bottom of the ladder. The Crimson swept five matches, including Sabrina Sobhy at No. 1, Gina Kennedy at No. 2, Kayley Leonard at No. 3, Sophie Mehta at No. 8, and Hannah Craig at No. 9.
Harvard's four All-America selections went 4-0 against the Bantams. Sobhy, Kennedy, and Henley each defeated a Trinity All-America player, while Leonard's foe did not hold a similar recognition. Yong forced Bantam's fourth All-American to a five-game, two-point decision.
The win improved Harvard to 39-12 in the all-time series with Trinity. With the victory, the Crimson have captured the five most recent contests against the Bantams.
- Alyssa Mehta handed Min Jae Tae the first loss of her career.
- Eleonore Evans victory over Jennifer Haley was Haley's first loss against the Crimson.
- The Crimson swept five matches: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 8, No. 9.
- Harvard won 3-of-5 games that required extra points.
- The Crimson won 13-of-16 games decided by three points or less, including 8-of-11 two-point games.
No. 1 – Sabrina Sobhy (H) def. Raneem Sharaf, 11-9, 12-10, 11-5
No. 2 – Gina Kennedy (H) def. Salma Alam Eldin, 11-7, 11-6, 11-4
No. 3 – Kayley Leonard (H) def. Julia Le Coq, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5
No. 4 – Alyssa Mehta (H) def. Min Jie Teh, 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5
No. 5 – Amelia Henley (H) def. Lakeesha Rarere, 11-13, 11-1, 11-4, 11-4
No. 6 – Vanessa Raj def. Sue Ann Yong (H), 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9
No. 7 – Eleonore Evans (H) def. Jennifer Haley, 11-8, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8
No. 8 – Sophie Mehta (H) def. Akanksha Salunkhe, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
No. 9 – Hannah Craig (H) def. Karolina Holinkova, 11-5, 12-10, 13-11
EX – Annika Engstrom (H) def. Maggie Lineberger, 11-5, 11-1, 11-6
The Crimson will host No. 1 Princeton and No. 7 Penn on Saturday, Feb. 3 and Sunday, Feb. 4, respectively. Both matches are scheduled for noon.