No. 1 Women’s Squash Cruises By No. 4 Trinity, 8-1, to Advance to Howe Cup Finals

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Eleonore Evans has posted a perfect t 15-0 record this season. (Photo/Gil Talbot)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On day two of the CSA Team National Championships, top-seeded Harvard women's squash ran away with a 8-1 victory to clinch a spot in the Howe Cup finals for the 12th consecutive season. Harvard is set to face off with No. 2 Princeton in the final round tomorrow at 2:45 p.m.

Harvard opened up strong against the Bantams, posting three quick wins at the second, fifth and eighth positions. The first point of the day came by way of co-captain Amelia Henley, who shutout her opponent at the second pairing. Eleonore Evans and Evie Coxon added victories to push the Crimson lead to 3-0.

At the third position, Hana Moataz posted a stellar 3-0 victory, outscoring her Bantam opponent 33-16 in the process.

First-year Charlotte Orcutt clinched the match for the Crimson at the ninth position, overcoming a third-set tiebreaker loss to win her match 3-1. Orcutt's win gave the Crimson a 5-0 lead and a spot in the championship round.

Gina Kennedy, Hannah Craig and Maddie Chai all added wins to bring the Harvard total to eight on the afternoon.

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard has now won a CSA-record 82 consecutive matches dating back to 2014-15.
  • Amelia Henley extends her win streak to a team-best 51 matches.
  • Harvard has earned a spot in the Howe Cup finals for the 12th season in a row.
  • Hannah Craig and Eleonore Evans both keep their perfect seasons alive, posting 16-0 records thus far in 2019-20.
  • The Crimson remain undefeated at the top three positions in the lineup this year, posting a 48-0 record in 16 matches.

Game Notes

  • The Crimson is 19-8 all-time in the Howe Cup championship match.
  • This will be the first meeting between the two Ivy League foes in the national championship since 2009.
  • Harvard has won nine-straight matches against Princeton, including two in Howe Cup play.

Next Up
Harvard will attempt to win a CSA-record sixth-straight Howe Cup tomorrow afternoon. The Crimson will face the No. 2 Princeton Tigers in the final match of the season at 2:45 p.m. at the Brady Squash Center on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Harvard narrowly defeated the Tigers, 5-4, in a match earlier this season.

RESULTS
No. 1 Harvard – 8
No. 4 Trinity – 1

  1. Gina Kennedy def. Min Jie The, 3-1 (6-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3)
  2. Amelia Henley def. Akanksha Salunkhe, 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-3)
  3. Hana Moataz def. Luz Sarahi Lopez Dominguez, 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-4)
  4. Vanessa Raj def. Amina Yousry, 3-1  (11-3, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8)
  5. Eleonore Evans def. Nadiia Usenko, 3-0 (11-3, 11-2, 11-9)
  6. Maddie Chai def, Lakeesha Rarere, 3-1 (11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7)
  7. Hannah Craig def. Nanna Carleke, 3-0 (11-5, 11-3, 11-5)
  8. Evie Coxon def. Ashita Bhengra, 3-1 (9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9)
  9. Charlotte Orcutt def. Amina Taher, 3-1 (13-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-5)