PRINCETON, N.J. - Senior captain Annie Madeira won the final match of the evening at number three to clinch a Quaker's victory over Princeton in a key Ivy League Matchup. Penn (6-2, 3-1 Ivy) trailed 4-1 after five matches, but rallied for four consecutive victories to clinch the match, 5-4. Being the consummate teammate that she is, Madeira quickly downplayed her role in the comeback, stating that she was just one of the five Quakers to get wins on the evening.
"I actually didn't know that I was the last match," she stated afterwards. "I knew Libby [Eyre] really well because we went to high school together. I just went in with the mindset that I wanted to beat Princeton because I knew it could be the last chance that I was going to get.
The experience of knowing the opponent obviously paid off for Madeira as she took the final three games in her match to come away with a 3-1 victory over her high school teammate at Episcopal Academy.
As Madeira made mention of in her post match comments, her victory would have gone in vain had it not been for the other Quaker victories.
The Quakers dominated the top half of the ladder as they took four of the top five matches from Princeton. Nabilla Ariffin finished off the victory at number one with a convincing victory (11-3, 11-9, & 11-7).
At numbers four and five, the undefeated duo of Yarden Odinak and Pia Trikha would not let Princeton pick up the fifth victory on their watch. Odinak, competing at number four, struggled with her opponent as she found herself down 2-0 heading into the third game. Odinak dug deep for the last three games and quickly turned the momentum in her favor. Games three through five were never in doubt as Odinak won by margins of 11-6, 11-4, & 11-7, to run her record to 8-0 on the year.
Trikha had a much easier time staying unbeaten as she cruised to a three game victory. In the second game of the match, her opponent threatened, but Trikha ultimately prevailed 14-12 and then carried that momentum over for the 11-4 third game victory to clinch her match.
Courtney Jones also pulled out a huge match for the Quakers. She took the number seven position with a five game victory. Jones was looking comfortable heading into the fourth game with a 2-1 lead, but she dropped the fourth game 11-3 to tie the match at two. However, she shook off any disappointment from that game and won the fifth 11-6.
With the win, Penn now moves into third place in the Ivy League Standings. With just over a week until its next match, Penn can cherish the victory for a little, but will now have to prepare for another top five team and a chance to knock off one of the Ivy co-leaders when No. 1 Harvard makes the trip to Philadelphia next Saturday, February 5.
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No. 1: No. 15 Nabilla Ariffin (Penn) def. No. 6 Julie Cerullo (Prin) 3-0, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7
No. 2: No. 12 Jackie Moss (Prin) def. No. 18 Rachael Goh (Penn) 3-1, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8
No. 3: No. 28 Annie Madeira (Penn) def. No. 21 Elizabeth Eyre (Prin) 3-1, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5
No. 4: No. 20 Yarden Odinak (Penn) def. No. 47 Alexis Saunders (Prin) 3-2, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7
No. 5: No. 56 Pia Trikha (Penn) def. No. 44 Katherine Giovinazzo (Prin) 3-0, 11-9, 14-12, 11-4
No. 6: No. 50 Alexandra Sawin (Prin) def. No. 59 Stephanie Vogel (Penn) 3-0, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7
No. 7: No. 62 Courtney Jones (Penn) def. No. 52 Nikki Sequeira (Prin) 3-2, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 3-11, 11-6
No. 8: No. 66 Casey Cortes (Prin) def. No. 67 Chloe Blacker (Penn) 3-1, 11-6, 17-15, 7-11, 11-8
No. 9: No. 70 Caroline Feeley (Prin) def. No. 80 Hyland Murphy (Penn) 3-0, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6
Ex: No. 97 Daphne Rein-Weston (Prin) def. Josy Blair (Penn) 3-0, 11-3, 11-3, 11-1