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Harvard Caps Off Undefeated Season With Third Consecutive Howe Cup

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The Harvard women’s squash team capped off an undefeated season with the program’s third consecutive and seventeenth College Women’s Team Championship Howe Cup title in a dominant 7-2 final win against the University of Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon at Princeton’s Jadwin Gymnasium in New Jersey.

Last year at Harvard, the Crimson defeated Penn 5-4 in the Howe Cup final with the title decided by the final match on court.

Harvard, the top seeds, reached the final without any major challenges thanks to a 9-0 first round win over Columbia, and an 8-1 semifinal win against Princeton. Penn, the two seeds, endured a 5-4 semifinal comeback victory against Trinity to reach the final.

During the regular season, Penn was the only team that took two individual matches off the Crimson, and Sunday’s final turned out with the same final result.

Harvard clinched the title in the first five games on court with the fifth coming through at No. 5 courtesy of junior Alyssa Mehta.

Play continued after the title was clinched and Penn recorded victories at the top two spots, including No. 1 Reeham Sedky avenging her 2016 Howe Cup individual loss against Harvard’s Sabrina Sobhy in four games.

The Crimson have now won six Howe Cups since 2010.

In the B Division, the Kurtz Cup final was a rematch of the 2016 final between nine seeds Dartmouth and fourteen seeds Drexel. While Dartmouth reached the final with 9-0 and 6-3 wins, Drexel had to pull off two 5-4 upset against higher seeded Williams in the first round, and Brown in the semifinals. Dartmouth claimed the title in a close 5-4 final to win their third overall and second consecutive Kurtz Cup.

The C division also culminated in a close 5-4 Walker Cup final between one seeds Franklin & Marshall and two seeds Amherst. Amherst, the 2014 and 2015 Walker Cup champions, made their fourth consecutive final appearance and won their third title in four years clinching two matches at 3-all in the final.

For more final results and tournament coverage visit www.collegesquashassociation.com.

 

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