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No. 5 Bulldogs Fall To No. 1 Harvard 7-2

Alia Aziz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alia Aziz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 5 Yale women's squash team was defeated by No. 1 Harvard 7-2 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Howe Cup at the Brady Squash Center.

Saturday's match played out much like the Bulldogs regular-season showdown with Harvard on Feb. 13, when the Crimson also bested the Bulldogs 7-2.  In both matches, Yale's two wins came from Alia Aziz and Sarah Toomey at the No. 2 and 3 positions respectively.

Aziz defeated Harvard's Nirasha Gurgue in a hard-fought five-game match.  After falling down 2-1, Aziz rallied to win both the fourth and fifth games 11-8.  Toomey needed only three games to defeat June Tiong, winning 11-4, 11-7, 11-8. 

Harvard controlled the remainder of the matches on the ladder.  The Bulldogs dropped five matches 3-0 and two matches 3-1 to the undefeated Crimson squad. 

The Bulldogs will play in the Howe Cup third-place game Sunday at 11:30 against No. 2 Trinity.  The Bantams were upset 5-4 by No. 3 Penn in Saturday's second semifinal.  Harvard and Penn will meet in the Howe Cup final, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday.



  Harvard Yale Winner's Score Winner
1WS Gemmell,Laura Greer,Logan 11-4,11-4,11-8 Harvard
2WS Gurgue,Nirasha Aziz,Alia 11-8,11-13,6-11,11-8,11-8 Yale
3WS Tiong,June Toomey,Sarah 11-4,11-7,11-8 Yale
4WS Mashruwala,Alisha Nadas,Rhetta 11-9,11-4,11-7 Harvard
5WS Kingshott,Natasha Van Arkel,Alexandra 11-8,14-12,11-4 Harvard
6WS Snyder,Johanna Ballaine,Katie 5-11,11-9,11-6,11-5 Harvard
7WS Cortes,Cecelia Reigeluth,Caroline 13-11,11-5,14-12 Harvard
8WS O Donnell,Katherine Kerr,Aly 11-6,11-7,11-9 Harvard
9WS Williams,Bethan Harrison,Katie 9-11,11-6,11-2,11-4 Harvard



report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity