Goh Advances to Quarterfinals of Ramsay Division
HANOVER, N.H. - Rachael Goh advanced to the quarterfinals of the Ramsay ("A") Division of the Individual squash championships with two victories on Friday. The four other Quakers are still alive in the consolation brackets after each dropped one of their matches. In the Holleran Division, Courtney Jones advanced to the Round of 16 with her victory on Friday afternoon. Play will begin again tomorrow morning with all six Quakers in action throughout the day.
Goh punched her ticket into the quarters with a dominating performance in her first match and an upset in the second. Seeded 12th, she came into the first round against the 21st-seeded Jesse Pacheco of Cornell. Goh controlled that match from the start, winning in a sweep, 11-8, 11-7, and 11-8. In the Round of 16, she drew the difficult task of fifth-seeded Pamela Hathaway of Trinity. Goh dropped the first and third games to find herself in a 2-1 hole, but would not go down quietly. Her 11-5 victory in the fourth game served notice that she was determined to pull out the victory. She then completed the comeback with an 11-8 fifth-game to take the match. She will go up against fourth-seed Julie Cerullo of Princeton, who during the regular-season split her matches with Nabilla Ariffin. The winner will get a spot in the afternoon semi-finals. Goh's quarterfinal will get underway at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Speaking of Ariffin, she started out her day strong with a 3-0 win in the opening round. She took the first game in a tiebreak, 12-10 and then took the next two games by the identical 11-7 margin. In the Round of 16, Ariffin got her third chance of the season at Stanford's Pamela Chua, but once again came up just short. She played every game tight, dropping the first game 11-8, before losing consecutive tie-breaks 12-10. She now finds herself in the consolation bracket, paired up with No. 16 Jaime Laird of Cornell. In the first match of the season, Ariffin defeated Laird 3-0. Their second meeting will take place tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
Ariffin is joined in the second round consolation bracket by Annie Madeira after she won her first and dropped the second. Madeira started off the day strong with a 3-0 victory over Jennifer Pelletier of Trinity. In the Round of 16, she met up with the third-seeded Logan Greer of Trinity. Despite being the underdog, Madeira gave everything she had, but came up just short in the end. Like Goh's match, Madeira dropped the first and third game to go down 2-1. She battled back to take the fourth game, but ultimately fell in the fifth to drop into the consolation bracket. She will get No. 6 Valeria Weins of Dartmouth, who fell in an upset during the Round of 16. Madeira will also be taking the court at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.
The day did not get off to as good of a start for Yarden Odinak and Pia Trikha. Odinak dropped her opening match in five games. She had a 2-1 lead, but would lose the fourth, 11-8 and then the fifth in a tiebreak. However, she rebounded nicely, picking up a five game win in her first consolation match over Sarah Mumanchit of Harvard. In this match Odinak found herself on the wrong end of the 2-1 deficit after three games, but would make amends for the first match. She took the last two games by the final of 11-9 and 12-10 to advance tomorrow.
Pia Trikha followed the same path as Odinak, losing the first and winning the second. Trikha drew the seventh-seeded Millie Tomlinson of Yale, who gave Trikha her first loss of the season. Putting her first loss behind her, Trikha rebounded for a 3-0 sweep of Cornell's Jennifer Gemmell.
After Trikha and Odinak had both completed their matches, there was good news and bad news for Quaker fans. The good news was that they both advanced to Saturday. The bad news was that one of them will be going home in the first match tomorrow. This is due to the fact that Odinak and Trikha are now paired up on Saturday. Together, they will take the courts at 1:30 p.m. The winner of that match will then play again at 6:30 tomorrow evening.
In the Holleran Division, Jones advanced to the Round of 16 after surrendering just 16 points in her three games. She will get the 11th-seeded Gwendoline Tighman of Yale. That match will take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon
Updated brackets and live results for all the individual championships this weekend are available at the College Squash Association Website.
Full Penn Results
No. 12 Rachael Goh - Advanced to quarterfinal
Round of 32: Goh def. No. 21 Jesse Pacheco (Cornell) (3-0)
11-8, 11-7, 11-8
No. 9 Nabilla Ariffin - Alive in second round consolations
Round of 32: Ariffin def. No. 25 Cecilia Haig (Stanford)
(3-0) 12-10, 11-7, 11-7
No. 14 Annie Madeira - Alive in second round consolation
Round of 32: Madeira def. No. 19 Jennifer Pelletier
(Trinity) (3-0) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5
No. 18 Yarden Odinak - Alive in first round consolations
Round of 32: No. 15 Kimberly Hay (Yale) def. Odinak (3-2)
8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10
No. 26 Pia Trikha - Alive in first round consolations
Round of 32: Millie Tomlinson (Yale) def. Trikha (3-0) 11-3,
No. 6 Courtney Jones - Advanced to Round of 16
Round of 64: Bye