WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five Harvard women's squash players have advanced to the national semifinals in their respective brackets, with three in the top ranked Ramsay Cup, at the end of day one of the CSA Individual Nationals in Washington D.C. Harvard is guaranteed a finalist in the top tier of the Individual Championships. All eight competitors that made the trip advanced past the opening round, however the structure of the bracket pitted Harvard player against Harvard player, inevitably ending seasons.
Beginning with the Ramsay Cup, No. 4 seeded Sabrina Sobhy crushed in the first round, defeating Marie Stephan of Penn 11-3, 11-3, 11-6. Sobhy was challenged in the quarters by Raneem Sharaf of Trinity but managed to grind out scores of 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-2 to advance to the semifinals on Saturday, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. against the No. 1 Reeham Sedky of Penn. Sobhy will look to reverse a 3-0 defeat by Sedky from earlier this season.
Reigning Ramsay Cup winner, Gina Kennedy went 12-10, 11-7, 9-11 and 11-8 in round one, before defeating teammate Kayley Leonard in the quarterfinals 13-11, 11-6, 12-10. Kennedy will face teammate Amelia Henley on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.
No. 6 seeded Kayley Leonard swept Casey Wong of Stanford 11-6, 11-4 and 11-4 in the opening round to secure a spot against teammate Gina Kennedy in the quarterfinals. Leonard was edged by Kennedy despite forcing extra points in two of three games.
Amelia Henley defeated her Princeton opponent, who was ranked No. 2 overall and No. 1 for the Tigers, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 and 11-4 in round one and then swept Lucy Beecroft of Yale 11-6, 11-8 and 11-4. When Harvard faced Yale earlier this season, Beecroft held down the No. 1 spot on the Bulldog ladder. Henley is set to face teammate Gina Kennedy in the semis tomorrow at 6:15 p.m.
In the Holleran Cup: B North, Eleonore Evans easily beat Charlotte Knaggs 11-3, 11-7, 11-2 before polishing off Emma Uible to advance to the semifinals. Against Uible, Evans dropped the first match 9-11 but then rallied to win three straight 11-8, 11-8 and 11-7 to claim her spot tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eleonore Evans will face Helen Teegan of Yale in the CSA semifinals. Earlier this season, Teegan was slotted as the No. 2 player for Yale.
Sue Ann Yong had a breakout day for the Crimson. After being seeded 2nd in the Holleran Cup: B North bracket, Yong came out blazing, taking down Gabrielle Smith of William Smith in straight games (11-6, 11-4, 11-6). Yong drew teammate Sophie Mehta in the quarterfinals and played her way to the semifinals by scores of 11-9, 11-8 and 11-7. The team captain will continue her season in the national semifinals against Sherilyn Yang of Franklin and Marshall tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Rounding out the Crimson crew in the Holleran Cup: B West Division was Hannah Craig, who took round one 11-4, 11-7 and 11-8 to advance to the quarterfinals against the No. 1 seed in her bracket. Craig put up a valiant effort, forcing two games to extra points but was unable to overcome the top ranked Raneem El Torky of Princeton.
Opening Round Scores
No. 4 Sabrina Sobhy (H) def. No. 13 Marie Stephan (Penn) 3-0
No. 3 Gina Kennedy (H) def. No. 14 Julia Le Coq (Trinity) 3-1
No. 6 Kayley Leonard (H) def. No. 11 Casey Wong (Stanford) 3-0
No. 15 Amelia Henley (H) def. No. 2 Olivia Fiechter (Princeton) 3-1
Holleran Cup: B North
No. 5 Eleonore Evans (H) def. No. 12 Charlotte Knaggs (Cornell) 3-0
No. 7 Sophie Mehta (H) def. Isabel Hirshberg (Princeton) 3-2
No. 2 Sue Ann Yong (H) def. Gabrielle Fraser (William Smith) 3-0
Holleran Cup: B West
No. 9 Hannah Craig (H) def. Rebecca Brownell (Dartmouth) 3-0
Quarterfinal Round Scores
No. 4 Sabrina Sobhy (H) def. No. 5 Raneem Sharaf (Trinity) 3-1
No. 3 Gina Kennedy (H) def. No. 6 Kayley Leonard (H) 3-0
No. 15 Amelia Henley (H) def. No. 10 Lucy Beecroft (Yale) 3-0
Holleran Cup: B West
No. 1 Raneem El Torky (Princeton) def. No. 9 Hannah Craig (H) 3-0