Women's Squash Hosts Three Matches this Weekend
PHILADELPHIA - After a rough outing on the road this past weekend, women's squash will have three chances to get back to its winning ways at home. The Quakers are currently unbeaten through their only three matches at the Ringe Squash Courts this season. Ivy League play will resume this weekend with a match against Brown Saturday at 11 a.m. That Ivy match will be immediately followed by a meeting with No. 6 Stanford at 3 p.m. To close the weekend, No. 2 Yale will visit the Ringe Squash Courts on noon this Sunday.
Freshman Leslie Gill is currently tied for the team lead with five victories through her first six matches. This weekend, her twin sister, Madeleine, will make the trip to Philadelphia with the Stanford team. Leslie played No. 7 this past weekend, while Madeleine played two of her matches at No. 8 and one at No. 7 during Stanford's last matches. Leslie is riding a three-match winning streak with four of her five wins coming via 3-0 sweeps this season.
Courtney Jones also has five wins through her first six matches. She also brings a three-match winning streak into play this weekend. After opening the season with a five-game win, Jones' last four victories have all come by 3-0 sweeps. She played in the No. 5 slot in the ladder during the last match.
Pia Trikha and Chloe Blacker each bring 4-1 records into the weekend. Trikha had 22-match win streak in team duals snapped against Trinity. She will be looking for her 35th career win this weekend as she currently has a 34-5 career mark through two-plus seasons. Blacker is on a team-high four-match winning streak. She has won 12 of the last 14 games she has played.
Yarden Odinak, Stephanie Vogel, and Colleen Fehm all enter the weekend with 4-2 marks. Vogel won her match at No. 6 against Trinity, 3-0. She has won each of her last three matches by that same margin. Odinak and Fehm each had two-match winning streaks snapped against Trinity and have had three victories by 3-0 scores this season.
Rachael Goh and Nabilla Ariffin reversed spots on the ladder this past weekend. Goh was unable to pick up the win in her first match at No. 1 this season, but is 3-2 with three sweeps. Ariffin fell in five games against Trinity. All three of her wins this season have come in the No. 1 position by 3-0 sweeps.
Hyland Murphy has played predominantly at No. 10 recently, but does have a win at No. 8. Freshmen Lindsay Wong and Jennie Shulkin also have one win inside the top-nine this season, while Lyles Swift-Farley is unbeaten in her lone match at No. 10.
Brown is currently ranked 10th in the country and is coming off of a pair of wins last weekend. The Bears currently sit in a fifth-place tie in the Ivy League standings. They have beaten Columbia, but have losses to Yale and Cornell. Last season, the Quakers did not allow a game to Brown in their 9-0 sweep of the Bears.
Stanford (8-3) comes into the weekend ranked sixth overall in the country. Their three losses have come to Harvard, Yale, and Trinity. The Cardinal will also be taking on Brown and Princeton this weekend during their east coast swing. Their best win to date this season has been a 7-2 win over Cornell in November.
Playing No. 1 for the Cardinal has been junior Pamela Chua. She is currently 6-3 on the season. Stanford currently has four players with over nine wins this season. Madeleine Gill is currently 5-3 on the season after missing some of the early matches. Last season, Penn beat Stanford, 8-1, during the regular season finale and again defeated the Cardinal, 6-3, in the fifth-place match at the Howe Cup.
On Sunday, No. 2 Yale (12-0) comes to the Ringe Squash Courts for a noon match. The Bulldogs have 10 sweeps to go along an 8-1 win over Williams and a 7-2 win over Trinity. They will take on Princeton Saturday before coming to Penn Sunday. They also have matches with Dartmouth and Harvard on the horizon in the Ivy League.
The Bulldogs' No. 1 player, Millie Tomlinson, is currently unbeaten this season. She was the CSA Individual champion a season ago. However, Penn's Odinak has handed Tomlinson the only loss of her collegiate career to date last season. In that matchup, Penn was edged out by Yale, 5-4.
After a busy weekend, the Quakers will return to action the following Friday, February 10 for the final home match of the season against Columbia. The Quakers will wrap up the regular season schedule with a road trip to Cornell that same weekend.
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