Princeton, N.J. - Just 24 hours after a defeat that sent the Quakers to the consolation bracket, Penn showed that it is still an elite program on the national stage, posting an 8-1 victory over No. 8 Dartmouth in the first-round consolation match at the Howe Cup. The Quakers (9-4) will now advance to the fifth-place match tomorrow afternoon where they will meet sixth-seeded Stanford in the final team competition of the season.
Up and down the ladder, Penn controlled the entire match. Seven of the Quaker's eight wins came via the sweep. The only Quaker who won that even dropped a set was Yarden Odinak at number four. Odinak had posted a 2-0 lead before dropping the third game. She then rebounded and took home the 3-1 win to remain unbeaten through 13 matches. Her fellow undefeated, Pia Trikha, allowed just 17 points over the three games on the way to her 13th win.
Courtney Jones also won her match at number six to give the Quakers all three wins in the middle of the ladder. She allowed just 12 points, an average of four a game, in her three game victory.
In the bottom third of the ladder, Stephanie Vogel had her hands full in the first two games, but prevailed in both. She then took over in the final game, winning 11-3 to put her stamp on the match. At number nine, Hyland Murphy allowed just 15 points over the span of her match. Chloe Blacker picked up the victory at number eight, while also allowing just 15 points.
Blacker's score was identical to that of Rachael Goh, who took the number two match handily. Annie Madeira picked up the other Quaker win on the day at number three. She took the first game easily, 11-4. Madeira would work have to work a lot harder in the last two games, but would not be denied in either. She won both the second and third games in tiebreakers.
The lone Quaker set-back on the day came in the number one position were Nabilla Ariffin could not quite pull off the upset victory to give the team a clean sweep. Ariffin challenged her opponent the entire way, before losing the tiebreak in the fourth game.
The Quakers will play their final team match of the season against Stanford tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. In the last weekend of the regular season, Penn defeated Stanford 8-1. A win to end the team's season would put the Quakers in fifth place overall. Stanford picked up a 6-3 victory earlier in the day against No. 7 Cornell to meet the Quakers in the consolation final.
In other action at the Howe Cup, No. 1 Yale and No. 2 Harvard set themselves up for a showdown in the finals with their 6-3 victories in the semi-finals. Princeton and Trinity, the losers of both semi-final matches will square off for third place.
Penn 8 Dartmouth 1
1: No. 5 Valeria Weins (D) def. No. 15 Nabilla Ariffin (P) (3-1) 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 13-11
2: No. 18 Rachael Goh (P) def. No. 31 Hannah Conant (D) (3-0) 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
3: No. 28 Annie Madeira (P) def. No. 27 Corey Schafer (D) (3-0) 11-4, 13-11, 12-10
4: No. 20 Yarden Odinak (P) def. No. 36 Rebecca Lau (D) (3-1) 11-2, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6
5: No. 56 Pia Trikha (P) def. No. 93 Sarah Loucks (D) (3-0) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9
6: No. 62 Courtney Jones (P) def. Kensy Balch (D) (3-0) 11-5, 11-2, 11-5
7: No. 59 Stephanie Vogel (P) def. No. 98 Melina Turk (D) (3-0) 11-9, 12-10, 11-3
8: No. 67 Chloe Blacker (P) def. Katherine Nimmo (D) (3-0) 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
9: No. 80 Hyland Murphy (P) def. Julia Watson (D) (3-0) 11-4, 11-6, 11-5
Ex: Heather Binnie (D) def. Josy Blair (P) (3-0) 11-2, 11-6, 11-5