PHILADELPHIA - Women's squash picked up its fourth 9-0 sweep of the season in its home finale Friday afternoon against Columbia. This was also the third match this season that the Quakers did not drop a game en route to the sweep. Penn (7-3, 4-2 Ivy) now moves into sole possession of third place in the Ivy League standings following their win over the Lions (5-9, 0-6 Ivy).
Chloe Blacker was the first match to finish up play with her win at No. 8. She allowed just three points in the first and third games, to go along with an 11-0 shutout in the second game, for her seventh win of the season and fifth in straight games. Rachael Goh allowed just nine points total in the No. 2 match. She started out with an 11-2 win and followed that up with 11-3 and 11-4 wins for her fifth win of the season. She also has two sweeps and is now 4-1 at the No. 2 position.
Yarden Odinak started out quickly with a 1-0 lead courtesy of an 11-2 win in the first game. She then completed her sweep with 11-6 and 11-7 scores in the final two games. She now has a team-best eight wins through 10 matches with six of her wins coming in straight games. Leslie Gill closed out the first round of matches with her win at No. 6. Gill jumped up 2-0 with 11-6 and 11-8 wins before finishing with her most convincing game of the afternoon, allowing just three points. She now has seven wins and has dropped just one game in those seven victories.
Lindsay Wong improved to a perfect 3-0 in top-nine matches. The freshman allowed to just seven points in the first and third games to go along with a hard-fought 11-8 win in the second for her third straight sweep in top-nine matches, fourth overall. Stephanie Vogel got the 2-0 jump at No. 7 with a pair of 11-6 wins and closed her seventh win of the year allowing just three points in the third. All of her wins have been in the minimum three games this season.
Pia Trikha allowed no more than six points in any game, winning 11-6, 11-3, and 11-5, for her seventh win of the season. She now has four wins in sweeps. Nabilla Ariffin moved back into the No. 1 position and allowed just nine points in the first two games before closing out the match in style, 11-0. She now has six wins this season, five of which have come in the top position.
Courtney Jones opened up her match at No. 5 with an 11-0 shutout victory in the first game. She then had to play a tiebreak in the second, but prevailed, 12-10. She then got back to dominating with an 11-2 win to close out her seventh win of the season. Five of those wins have come in straight games.
The Quakers will now look to head into the team championships in two weekends by finishing off the regular season on a high note Sunday against Cornell. That match will get underway at 11 a.m. and be the final match of the regular season.
Penn 9, Columbia 0
No. 1: Nabilla Ariffin (P) def. Alisha Maity (C) (3-0), 11-5, 11-4, 11-0
No. 2: Rachael Goh (P) def. Kate Calihan (C) (3-0), 11-2, 11-3, 11-4
No. 3: Pia Trikha (P) def. Katie Quan (C) (3-0), 11-6, 11-3, 11-5
No. 4: Yarden Odinak (P) def. Elizabeth Chu (C) (3-0), 11-2, 11-6, 11-7
No. 5: Courtney Jones (P) def. Monica Stone (C) (3-0), 11-0, 12-10, 11-2
No. 6: Leslie Gill (P) def. Annie Tickell (C) (3-0), 11-6, 11-8, 11-3
No. 7: Stephanie Vogel (P) def. Skylar Dickey (C) (3-0), 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
No. 8: Chloe Blacker (P) def. Morgan Strauss (C) (3-0), 11-3, 11-0, 11-3
No. 9: Lindsay Wong (P) def. Jenny Schroder (C) (3-0), 11-4, 11-8, 11-3
No. 10: Colleen Fehm (P) def. Unrostered (C) (3-0), 11-5, 11-5, 11-5