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Women's squash team hosts top-ranked Harvard tonight

Cheri-Ann Parris '13 has a chance to play against the top-ranked player in women's college squash, Harvard's Laura Gemmell, on Wednesday night at the Bates Squash Center. (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- For the second straight year, the top team in college squash will visit the Bates Squash Center.

In an atmosphere that the Bates squash programs hope will be similar to last year's spirited men's match against perennial champion Trinity College, this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. the Bates women's team plays host to Harvard University, the defending national champions of women's college squash. The match can be viewed via Live Video Webcast.

The Crimson (5-0) last lost a match in the 2009 team championship, and are riding a 17-match winning streak dating to the start of last season. Harvard, which will be playing in its first match since Dec. 4, features the top-ranked player in collegiate women's squash, defending individual national champion Laura Gemmell. Gemmell will be challenged by Bates' own top-20 player, sophomore Cheri-Ann Parris (St. Philip, Barbados), who recently defeated a fellow highly ranked opponent in Mount Holyoke's Randima Ranaweera.

No. 12 nationally ranked Bates (7-7) finished a 2-2 weekend with a 9-0 loss at No. 8 Dartmouth on Sunday. On Saturday, the Bobcats continued play in the Pioneer Valley Invitational with a 1-1 day at Amherst College, falling 6-3 to the host and 14th-ranked Lord Jeffs but rebounding with an 8-1 win over No. 15 Franklin & Marshall. Bates also rang up a 7-2 win at No. 13 Mount Holyoke on Friday night.