Harvard Edges Trinity 5-4 In Howe Cup Finals by David Kingsley
February 17, 2013 New Haven, Conn.
- Sophomore Amanda Sobhy (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) won the clinching match at
the No. 1 position to lead the Harvard University Crimson to a 5-4
victory over the Trinity College Bantams in the College Squash
Association (CSA) National Championship (Howe Cup) Finals at Yale
University's Brady Courts this afternoon. No. 4-seeded Trinity,
appearing in its sixth Howe Cup Final and its first since 2006,
finishes with a final record of 16-3. No. 2-seeded Harvard captures its
14th national title and closes 2012-13 with a 15-1 mark. Trinity had
upset top-seeded and previously-undefeated Princeton in yesterday's CSA
National Semifinals by a score of 6-3.
Trailing, 3-0, after the first wave, Trinity junior tri-captain
Catalina Pelaez (Bogota, Colombia) brought the Bantams back to life
with a 3-0 victory in the No. 2 position over 2009-10 CSA Singles
National Champion Laura Gemmell (Toronto, Ontario). After a 3-0 win at
No. 5 by Harvard rookie Saumya Karki (Thane, India) over Trinity senior
tri-captain Robyn Hodgson (Aberdeen, Scotland), Bantam junior Jennifer
Pelltier (Richmond Hill, Ontario) returned the favor with a 3-0 shutout
of sophomore Julianne Chu (New York, N.Y.) in the No. 8 match to bring
the overall score to 4-2 after the second wave.
Trinity sophomore No. 4 Ashley Tidman (Lamor-Plage, France) erased
Harvard rookie Michelle Gemmell (Toronto, Ontario) in short order, 3-0,
to pull the Bantams to within one point at 4-3 with Sobhy leading
Trinity first-year Kanzy El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt), 1-0, in the No. 1
match. Sobhy remained perfect in her two collegiate seasons, besting El
Defrawy, 11-7, in the second game and, 11-8, in game three to clinch
the title. Bantam rookie No. 7 Sachika Balvani (Mumbai, India) won,
3-0, soon after to round out the scoring.
Trinity sophomore Natalie Babjukova (Prague, Czech Republic) lost for
the first time this winter, dropping to 18-1, in a four-setter against
Harvard senior co-captain Natasha Kingshott (Greenwich, Conn.). Bantam
junior No. 3 Wee Nee Low (Penang, Malaysia) and sophomore Chanel
Erasmus (Capetown, South Africa) also lost in four games early. Harvard
wins its eighth in a row over the Bantams, including a 7-2 triumph in
Cambridge 11 days ago.