Still, with two well-placed power shots in the corners, Guruge closed the door and took the 3-0 sweep.
No. 29 Bethan Williams, a senior, came back from being down early in the second game only to dominate in the third game and add to the Crimson’s collective surge in the second cycle with a victory at the No. 8 spot.
Trinity needed all three games in the third rotation to tie it up but again, Harvard—led by sophomore and national No. 1 Laura Gemmell—showed no mercy and won all three matches.
Down two games to one, Gemmell rallied to win the match in a five-game thriller.
Posting a mix of drop shots and strong forehands, Gemmell won the decisive game by taking five points in a row to win 11-6.
“I started off slowly, but in the fifth game I cut out all of my unforced errors,” Gemmell said. “I was focusing on every point being important.”
Senior June Tiong, the Crimson’s No. 4 player who is ranked ninth nationally, had a much easier time with her opponent as she won her first two games in record time. Tiong battled in the third game, winning five points in a row to close it out.
In the No. 7 spot, Sarah Mumanachit, the No. 42 squash player in the nation, simply overpowered her opponent after fighting in the first game, which she won 15-13, the longest game of the night.
Although Trinity kept the pressure on the whole night, Harvard prevailed in convincing fashion.
“We are taking extra motivation from this match going into playing against Yale,” Mashruwala said. “We play them for the Ivy title so it is going to be very exciting because Yale is undefeated and we are undefeated.”
“It is definitely going to be a challenge,” Kingshott said. “Yale is a formidable opponent. We played them in the preseason and they were tough competition but this is what we live for. We want to win this and battle it out and really earn it. We are excited to show our stuff again.”