PHILADELPHIA – Third-ranked Penn (12-2, 5-2 Ivy) emerged victorious on Senior Day at the Ringe Squash Courts on Sunday, defeating No. 6 Cornell (12-5, 3-4), 7-2. The Quakers will now head up to New Haven, Conn. next weekend for the Howe Cup on the heels of a five-match winning streak.
The Red and Blue started off the day quickly, sweeping the first rotation of matches while dropping just one game. A victory from a senior was how Penn began the match, as Yarden Odinak (6-4, 4-3) bested Margaret Remsen at the sixth position in straight games, 3-0. The next match to finish was at No. 9 where Chloe Blacker (11-1, 5-1) came out on top in four games. Blacker was followed up by another senior win, this time from Rachael Goh (8-3, 4-2) at No. 3. Goh defeated Jamie Laird in straight games for the final match of the first rotation.
Penn needed just two more wins with two rotations – six matches – remaining in order to seal the victory. Senior tri-captain Pia Trikha (8-2, 4-2) started off the rotation with a dominant win at No. 5, taking her match in straight games; 11-7, 11-4, 11-0. Trikha’s match went by so fast, that the third rotation battle on that court began and ended before the rest of the second rotation matches finished. That was at the fifth position where Haidi Lala (10-1, 5-1) won the decisive match on the day, beating Abbey Foster in three games. Minutes later, No. 2 Yan Xin (8-3, 4-2) finished her match for a four-game victory over Jessenia Pacheco.
As the last two matches began, a battle at position eight was coming to a close. Carey Celata (6-1, 2-1) had come all the way back to after being down 2-0 early in the match – the freshmen was unable to finish and lost, 3-2, in five games. Camille Lanier (11-1, 5-1) gave Penn its final win of the day at No. 7, trouncing Brynn Daniels in three tough games. The final match of the day was between Nabilla Ariffin (5-6, 2-4) and Danielle Letourneau at the first position. Ariffin managed to win the second game, 11-5, and battle her way to a fourth. The senior was unable to finish, and would retire early in the fourth game after succumbing to an injury.
Tri-captain Stephanie Vogel (10-0, 5-0), who does not play in the top nine, competed in the exhibition match. The senior won the 10th position in straight games in what was possibly her final match ever in a Penn uniform.
The Quakers’ 11 victories is their highest win total since they appeared in the 2009-10 Howe Cup finals. Penn will rest in the early going this week, and then prepare for the Howe Cup in New Haven next weekend.
Penn 7, Cornell 2
No. 1: Danielle
Letourneau (C) def. Nabilla Ariffin (P) 3-1, (11-4, 5-11, 11-4, 2-1 retired)
No. 2: Yan Xin (P) def. Jessenia Pacheco (C) 3-1, (10-12, 11-6, 12-10, 11-8)
No. 3: Rachael Goh (P) def. Jamie Laird (C) 3-0, (11-2, 11-9, 12-10)
No. 4: Haidi Lala (P) def. Abbey Foster (C) 3-0, (11-8, 11-5, 12-10)
No. 5: Pia Trikha (P) def. Rachel Au (C) 3-0, (11-7, 11-4, 11-0)
No. 6: Yarden Odinak (P) def. Margaret Remsen (C) 3-0, (11-7, 11-8, 11-7)
No. 7: Camille Lanier (P) def. Brynn Daniels (C) 3-0, (12-10, 12-10, 11-7)
No. 8: Lindsay Seginson (C) def. Carey Celata (P) 3-2, (11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 6-11, 11-8)
No. 9: Chloe Blacker (P) def. Olivia Wherry (C) 3-1, (5-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6)
No. 10: Stephanie Vogel (P) def. Reut Odinak (C) 3-0, (11-3, 11-6, 11-6)