Harvard Women's Squash to be Tested

Published by Molly E. Kelly on February 11, 2011 at 3:11AM

The Harvard squash program certainly has its work cut out for it this weekend.

Tomorrow, the No. 2 Yale program will take to the courts for the Crimson men and women’s final home match of the regular season.

For the No. 1 women’s squad (9-0, 5-0 Ivy), the match will be the ultimate test of skill—the women lost to the Bulldogs in a preseason scrimmage, but they’ve been unstoppable since against several top-10 opponents.

But Yale (13-0, 5-0) also sports an undefeated record this season. The match tomorrow, then, will decide the Ancient Eight crown and, most likely, the top squad in the nation.

With both teams’ rosters listing three athletes apiece in the top-10 rankings, it’s anyone’s guess as to which crew will keep its record unblemished. Bulldogs Logan Greer, Sarah Toomey, and rookie Millie Tomlinson, ranked third, fourth, and 10th in the nation, present a formidable lineup for the Harvard women. But sophomore Laura Gemmell, junior Nirasha Guruge, and senior June Tiong, at No. 1., 7, and 9, present an equally intimidating front line. On top of this, both crews carry stacked benches.

After the women’s match, the No. 6 Crimson men’s team (7-3, 3-2) will face Yale. (12-1, 5-0) Both squads have something to prove, as Harvard looks to bounce back from a 6-3 loss against Trinity and the Bulldogs look to secure their second consecutive Ivy League title.

Among a slew of talented athletes, Yale boasts the talents of No. 7 Hywel Robinson and No. 8 Kenneth Chan. Harvard has only one player making the top-10 cut: talented freshman Gary Power, who most recently toppled the previously unbeaten Bantam Parth Sharma.

The women’s match starts at 1:00 p.m., and the men’s will start soon after at 4:00. Don’t be late!