Trinity Fights Off Women's Squash For Third Place At Howe Cup Championships
Princeton, which has played exceptionally well since the start of February, nearly pulled off the victory against a Trinity team that fell 5-4 to eventual national champion Harvard only one day earlier. Freshman Isabel Hirshberg won her seventh straight match and improved to 11-1 in her debut season with a 3-0 win over Karolina Holinkova at the No. 9 spot.
Trinity took matches at No. 3 and No. 6, but the Tigers came back firing with a perfect middle shift. That started with senior Tara Harrington, who is playing the best squash of her career; the veteran picked up her eighth straight win with a hard-fought 12-10, 12-10, 11-7 victory over Alexia Echeverria.
Junior Maria Elena Ubina have the Tigers a third win with a 3-0 victory at the No. 2 spot over Raneem Sharah, and then Alexandra Toth played the match of the day at the No. 5 position. She and Salma El Defrawy split a pair of games that both went beyond 11 points, and then El Defrawy took an 11-7 game to open a 2-1 lead.
Toth had an impressive answer for that. She won 22 of the next 28 points to take the final two games 11-3 and open a 4-2 lead for Princeton.
Unfortunately, a strong final shift carried Trinity to the win. Two-time CSA finalist Kanzy El Defrawy topped Olivia Fiechter at No. 1, and Anna Kimberley took a 3-0 win at the No. 4 spot. Princeton freshman Samantha Chai, who had 11 wins on the season, including a five-game marathon Saturday, tried to fight back from a 2-0 hole, but she fell 3-1 at the No. 7 spot.
Princeton will now wait to see who is selected to compete at the CSA Individual Championships, held next weekend at Chelsea Piers.
TRINITY 5, PRINCETON 4
1 – Kanzy El Defrawy (T) d. Olivia Fiechter 3, 3, 6
2 – Maria Elena Ubina (P) d. Raneem Sharaf 9, 4, 9
3 – Julia Le Coq (T) d. Rachel Leizman 8, (12), 8, 10
4 – Anna Kimberley (T) d. Lindsey Scott 2, 6, 6
5 – Alexandra Toth (P) d. Salma El Defrawy (13), 11, (7), 3, 3
6 – Jennifer Haley (T) d. Kira Keating 4, 8, 9
7 – Sachika Balvani (T) d. Samantha Chai 5, 8, (9), 5
8 – Tara Harrington (P) d. Alexia Echeverria 10, 10, 7
9 – Isabel Hirshberg (P) d. Karolina Holinkova 8, 7, 2