Trinity Women's Squash Falls Short At No. 2-Ranked Harvard

Cambridge, Mass. - Sophomore Natalie Babjukova (Prague, Czech Republic) preserved her perfect 16-0 record with a 3-1 win at the No. 6 position, but the visiting Trinity College Bantams succumbed to the Harvard University Crimson, 7-2, in women's squash action this evening at Murr Courts.  Trinity, ranked No. 4 in the nation, drops to 14-2 with its first loss in seven matches, while No. 2-ranked Harvard improves to 10-1.

Trailing, 1-0, Babjukova tied the contest with a 5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 win over Natasha Kingshott.  Haley Mendez edged Trinity junior No. 3 Wee Nee Low (Penang, Malaysia), 3-2, to give the Crimson a 2-1 lead, and the second wave belonged to the home team with three consecutive 3-1 triumphs to put the match away.  Four of Harvard's points came in matches where the Trinity player won the opening game.  Bantam rookie Sachika Balvani (Mumbai, India) came back from a 2-0 deficit to take the No. 7 match late, while classmate Kanzy El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt) suffered the first loss of career, 3-1, at the top of the lineup to sophomore Amanda Sobhy who has not lost as a collegian.

MATCH RESULTS
1. H- Amanda  d. Kanzy El Defrawy, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-3

2. H- Laura Gemmell d. Catalina Pelaez, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7

3. H- Haley Mendez d. Wee Nee Low, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-3

4. H- Michelle Gemmell d. Ashley Tidman, 11-8, 13-11, 11-6
5. H- Saumya Karki d. Robyn Hodgson, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9

6. TC- Natalie Babjukova d. Natasha Kingshott, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
7. TC- Sachika Balvani d. Sarah Mumanachit, 9-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8

8. H-  Julianne Chu d. Jennifer Pelletier, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8
9. H- Isabelle Dowling d. Chanel Erasmus, 11-7, 13-11, 11-7
Harvard 7, Trinity (Conn.) 2

Feb 23, 2014
Final
Women's Squash
5
Trinity (Conn.)
4
vs. Harvard
@ Princeton
Feb 22, 2014
Final
Women's Squash
3
Penn
6
vs. Trinity (Conn.)
@ Princeton, N.J.
CSA Team Championships
Feb 21, 2014
Final
Women's Squash
0
Stanford
9
vs. Trinity (Conn.)
@ Princeton
CSA National Team Championship (Howe Cup) Quarterfinals
Feb 15, 2014
Final
Women's Squash
1
Princeton
8
at Trinity (Conn.)
Feb 8, 2014
Final
Women's Squash
0
St. Lawrence
9
at Trinity (Conn.)
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