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Harvard Women's Squash Holds Off Yale to Capture Ivy League Title

Harvard Women's Squash Holds Off Yale to Capture Ivy League Title

Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- After trailing 4-2, the No. 1 Harvard women's squash team stormed back to win the last three matches and take down No. 2 Yale to finish the regular season with a perfect 15-0 mark and capture its 18th Ivy League championship Sunday in New Haven, Conn.

When the contest became tied 4-4, Haley Mendez (13-1) was left on the court for Harvard (15-0, 7-0 Ivy League) against Alexandra Van Arkel of Yale (15-1, 6-1 Ivy League) in the No. 4 position. The Crimson's freshman clinched the Ivy title with two extra point wins during a 3-0 (11-5, 12-10, 12-10) clean sheet victory.

Harvard was efficient in the top four spots, winning two other matches besides Mendez. Amanda Sobhy (7-0), another freshman, dominated Millie Tomlinson, 3-0 (11-6, 11-3, 11-5), while senior co-captain Nirasha Gurgue (10-1) defeated Rhetta Nadas, 3-1 (7-11, 11-2, 11-3, 13-11) after dropping the first game.

The Crimson's other co-captain, Cece Cortes (6-1), came up with a back-and-forth victory over Gwendoline Tilghman, 3-2 (11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-5) at No. 6 and Sarah Mumanachit (12-0) provided Harvard with a win at No. 7. Mumanachit used five games to beat Shihui Mao, 3-2 (5-11, 11-8, 11-2, 6-11, 11-3), and remain undefeated this season.

Harvard will take its unblemished record and No. 1 ranking into the College Squash Association Women's Team Championship Feb. 24-26. The Crimson will host the event at the Murr Center.

Results
No. 1 Amanda Sobhy (H) def. Millie Tomlinson (Y), 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-5
No. 2 Kimberley Hay (Y) def. Laura Gemmell (H), 3-2: 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6
No. 3 Nirasha Guruge (H) def. Rhetta Nadas (Y), 3-1: 7-11, 11-2, 11-3, 13-11
No. 4 Haley Mendez (H) def. Alexandra Van Arkel (Y), 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 12-10
No. 5 Katie Ballaine (Y) def. Natasha Kingshott (H), 3-1: 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5
No. 6 Cece Cortes (H) def. Gwendoline Tilghman (Y), 3-2: 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-5
No. 7 Sarah Mumanachit (H) def. Shihui Mao (Y), 3-2: 5-11, 11-8, 11-2, 6-11, 11-3
No. 8 Lillian Fast (Y) def. Julianne Chu (H), 3-2: 12-10, 6-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9
No. 9 Issey Norman-Ross (Y) def. Megan Murray (H), 3-0: 11-3, 12-10, 11-8
No. 10 Anne Harrison (Y) def. Eliza Calihan (H), 3-0: 11-5, 11-1, 11-7