PHILADELPHIA - Women's Squash took a step in the right direction heading into postseason play on Sunday as the Quakers took down two top-10 teams. Penn (8-3, 4-2 Ivy) started off the day with a very convincing sweep over Dartmouth. The win locked up third place in the Ivy League. In the afternoon, the Quakers took down the Stanford Cardinal with an 8-1 victory to cap off the day.
Pia Trikha and Yarden Odinak finished off their perfect regular seasons with each picking up their 10th and 11th victories against Dartmouth and Stanford. Odinak, playing number four was tested throughout the day, but would not let her record be blemished on the final day of the regular season. Against Dartmouth, Odinak won the first two games, but dropped the third. She then won a thrilling tiebreak, which ended 14-12 to take the four game victory. The afternoon match saw Odinak once again pushed to four games, but once again she was up to the challenge. After dropping the second game, Odinak left no doubt in the third, winning 11-1, and then took the fourth game 11-9.
Trikha had a much quicker morning session, winning in straight games against Dartmouth, but the afternoon proved to be one of her toughest tests in her perfect season. Trikha took the first game, but would drop the next two. Facing the prospect of her first loss of the season, she took command and won the final two games in dominating (11-4, 11-3) fashion to take the five game match.
Senior Annie Madeira also saw her last action at Ringe Courts close on a positive note with two victories on the day. Madeira made her day look easy with consecutive three game victories. In convincing fashion, Madeira only surrendered 29 games the entire day, an average of less than five per game.
Four Quakers joined Madeira with consecutive three game victories in both matchups. Between numbers six and nine on the ladder, the Quakers were pretty much bullet-proof. Courtney Jones, Stephanie Vogel, Chloe Blacker, and Hyland Murphy did not allow their opponents a single game in any match as all four cruised to 3-0 victories.
At number two, Rachael Goh picked up a five game victory against Dartmouth to ensure the sweep. Against Stanford, Goh had a much easier time as she joined five other teammates who won 3-0 against the Cardinal.
At the top of the ladder, Nabilla Ariffin picked up a nice victory against Dartmouth. Ariffin dropped the first set 11-7, but allowed just 12 points over the next three games to storm back for the victory. In the match with Stanford, Ariffin put an incredible fight up against her opponent after dropping the first two games. Showing incredible poise and determination, Ariffin won the next two games to knot the score at two. Unfortunately, the fifth set would not fall in her favor as she continued the battle, but lost 11-8 in the decisive game.
The Quakers will now wait for their postseason opponent before they head to the team championships in two weekends.
Penn 9 Dartmouth 0
No. 1: No. 15 Nabilla Ariffin (P) def. No. 5 Valeria Weins (D) (3-1) 7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-1
No. 2: No. 18 Rachael Goh (P) def. No. 31 Hannah Conant (D) (3-2) 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7
No. 3: No. 28 Annie Madeira (P) def. No. 27 Corey Schafer (D) (3-0) 11-4, 11-7, 11-3
No. 4: No. 20 Yarden Odinak (P) def. No. 36 Rebecca Lau (D) (3-1) 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 14-12
No. 5: No. 56 Pia Trikha (P) def. No. 93 Sarah Loucks (D) (3-0) 11-6, 11-2, 11-3
No. 6: No. 62 Courtney Jones (P) def. Kensy Balch (3-0) 11-2, 11-2, 11-6
No. 7: No. 59 Stephanie Vogel (P) def. No. 98 Melina Turk (3-0) 11-9, 11-8, 11-8
No. 8: No. 67 Chloe Blacker (P) def. Katherine Nimmo (3-0) 11-3, 11-3, 11-5
No. 9: No. 80 Hyland Murphy (P) def. Julia Watson (D) (3-0) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7
Ex: Heather Binnie (D) def. Josy Blair (P) (3-0) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6
Penn 8 Stanford 1
No. 1: No. 11 Pamela Chua (S) def. No. 15 Nabilla Ariffin (P) (3-2) 13-11, 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-8
No. 2: No. 18 Rachael Goh (P) def. No. 23 Kerrie Sample (S) (3-0) 11-7, 11-2, 11-3
No. 3: No. 28 Annie Madeira (P) def. No. 30 Cecilia Haig (S) (3-0) 11-4, 11-8, 11-3
No. 4: No. 20 Yarden Odinak (P) def. No. 73 Kyla Sherwood (S) (3-1) 11-4, 5-11, 11-1, 11-9
No. 5: No. 56 Pia Trikha (P) def. No. 32 Samantha Buechner (S) (3-2) 11-2, 9-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3
No. 6: No. 62 Courtney Jones (P) def. No. 87 Aditi Maliwal (S) (3-0) 11-8, 11-4, 11-8
No. 7: No. 59 Stephanie Vogel (P) def. No. 92 Julie Koenig (S) (3-0) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8
No. 8: No. 67 Chloe Blacker (P) def. No. 57 Serena Fagan (S) (3-0) 11-4, 11-5, 11-8
No. 9: No. 80 Hyland Murphy (P) def. No. 91 Kathryn Corelli (3-0) 11-5, 11-7, 11-7
Ex: Leah Stork (S) def. Josy Blair (P) (3-0) 11-3, 11-1, 11-6