NEW HAVEN, CT, February 17, 2013 - Sophomore Amanda Sobhy (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) won the clinching match at the No. 1 position to lead the Harvard University Crimson to a 5-4 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Championship (Howe Cup) Finals at Yale University's Brady Courts this afternoon. No. 4-seeded Trinity, appearing in its sixth Howe Cup Final and its first since 2006, finishes with a final record of 16-3. No. 2-seeded Harvard captures its 14th national title and closes 2012-13 with a 15-1 mark. Trinity had upset top-seeded and previously-undefeated Princeton in yesterday's CSA National Semifinals by a score of 6-3.
Trailing, 3-0, after the first wave, Trinity junior tri-captain Catalina Pelaez (Bogota, Colombia) brought the Bantams back to life with a 3-0 victory in the No. 2 position over 2009-10 CSA Singles National Champion Laura Gemmell (Toronto, Ontario). After a 3-0 win at No. 5 by Harvard rookie Saumya Karki (Thane, India) over Trinity senior tri-captain Robyn Hodgson (Aberdeen, Scotland), Bantam junior Jennifer Pelltier (Richmond Hill, Ontario) returned the favor with a 3-0 shutout of sophomore Julianne Chu (New York, N.Y.) in the No. 8 match to bring the overall score to 4-2 after the second wave.
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