It was a perfect way to end a brillant career.
Harvard women's squash Co-Captain Diana Edge wrapped up her career by winning the Women's Inter-collegiate Squash and Racquets championship at Dartmouth.
For the third straight year, it was Edge and Princeton's Demer Holleran in the finals. But unlike the past two years, Edge came out on top.
Edge recorded a 17-18, 15-7, 15-11, 15-8 victory over Holleran in the WISRA finals, thereby sealing up the number-one ranking for the 1987-88 season. Edge is the third Harvard player to win the tournament and the first since 1985.
It was Edge's second straight victory over Holleran. The senior also captured a four-game victory over Holleran in last week's 8-1 triumph over Princeton. That victory two weekend's ago was Edge's first victory since February 1986.
"She's worked really hard," Harvard Coach Steve Piltch said. "It was a great way for her to end her career. She played very well."
Edge opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Franklin and Marshall's Katie Brazano, followed by a 3-0 white washing of Dart-mouth's number two player, a 3-1 decision over Princeton's freshman sensation Mary Foulk and a 3-0 triumph over Yale's Hilliary Mooris in the semifinals.
"It feels great," Edge said of her match with Holleran. "It was a really good match. The whole team did really well."
Harvard's Sheila Morrissey lost to Sue Cuttler in the first round, but the junior rebounded to win the first round consolation tournament for the second straight year.
Morrissey defeated her next five opponents by 3-0 scores, including Ann Sawyer, Princeton's number three player. Morrissey defeated Coleman in the finals.
"It feels good," Morrissey said. "I was kind of expected to win it after I lost in the main draw."
Harvard freshman Stephanie Clark continued to impress everyone, capturing a 3-1 victory against Jo Ann Heptabauer before dropping a tough five-game decision to Shema Matin.
The freshman rebounded to reach the finals of the second-round consolation tourney. Clark whipped her Wellesley opponent in three games, followed bya 3-2 victory over Morris and a three-game sweepover Emily Foster.
Clark lost a five-game heart-breaker in thefinals against her Middlebury opponent.
"Stephanie did a great job," Piltch said. "Shelost a tough match early, but she bounced back andplayed very well. She has a lot to be proud of."
Harvard's Jenny Holleran plowed through thefirst four rounds of the tournament, reaching themain draw senifinals before losing to her oldersister Demer, 3-0.
Jenny Holleran then defeated Kate Barnes, butthe sophomore eventually lost to Lee Bellman.Holleran scored impressive wins against JessicaByrd, Carol Gould (whom she lost to in the HoweCup earlier this month) and Bowdoin's number oneplayer.
We Are Family
"We had tons of family watching this match,"Jenny Holleran said, "She's a very seriouscompetitor. Even though I'm her sister, she didn'tmake any exceptions for me."
Hope Nichols started off with a 3-0 victoryover her Wellesley opponent, followed by a 3-1triumph over Dart-mouth's Kim O'Hare. Nichols thendropped a 3-0 decision to Trinity's number oneplayer Ellie Pierce.
In the Feed-in consolation, Nichols lost toEricka Gustafson