Women's Squash Takes Down Brown, No. 6 Stanford
PHILADELPHIA - On the strength of four double-winners, women's squash picked up two wins playing two matches in a day for the first time during the regular season. The Quakers (6-2, 3-1 Ivy) started off the day with an 8-1 win against Brown (8-5, 1-3 Ivy). After a break, Penn then downed No. 6 Stanford (9-4), 6-3. Nabilla Ariffin, Pia Trikha, Yarden Odinak, and Chloe Blacker all had two wins inside the top-nine for Penn on the day.
Against Brown, Penn dropped just one game in the first through eighth matches, but the visitors got their lone win in four games at No. 9. Going up against Stanford, the Quakers picked up four more sweeps to go along with a four-game and five-game win.
Playing a five court system for both matches, Odinak and Blacker got Penn off to a quick start against Stanford. Odinak secured a 3-0 sweep against Stanford at No. 4, allowing just six points in the first two games. She then took a tiebreak, 12-10, to secure her win. Against Brown, she played No. 3, winning 3-1, taking the first, second and fourth games.
Blacker, playing No. 8 against Stanford, went up 2-0 with 11-9 and 11-5 wins before not allowing a single point in her third game against the Cardinal. Playing a career-high No. 5 against Brown, Blacker just continued to get better as the match went along, winning 11-9, 11-8, and 11-6. She has now won her last six matches.
Ariffin also finished her day with a pair of 3-0 sweeps. Playing No. 2 against Stanford, she allowed just two points in the first game and closed the match with 11-8 and 11-7 second and third game victories. Against Brown, she allowed just seven points at the No. 1 position. She now improves to 5-3 overall for the season.
Trikha, Penn's final double-winner of the day, played No. 3 against Stanford, winning in four games. She split the first two games in her match against Stanford, dropping a tiebreak in the second. However, she responded with 11-3 and 11-8 wins to seal that victory. Earlier in the day, the co-captain allowed just seven points total in the first and third game against Brown to go along with an 11-8 win in the second to complete the sweep.
A challenge match victory by Leslie Gill set up a meeting at No. 6 with her identical twin sister, Madeleine. Leslie was down 7-1 early in the first game and battled back, but ultimately fell short in that game, 11-6. She would answer right back with an 11-8 win in game two. Her sister would not let down, taking the third game, 11-9, before Penn's Gill won a tiebreak in the fourth.
In the decisive fifth game, Madeleine claimed the win at No. 6 with an 11-9 fifth game win, after the two sisters had been tied in that game, nine-all. Earlier in the day, playing a career-high No. 4, Leslie swept her opponent from Brown with an 11-9 first game, followed by back-to-back 11-7 wins.
After sitting out against Brown, Rachael Goh and Stephanie Vogel each picked up wins against Stanford. Squaring off against returning first-team All-American Pamela Chu, Goh dropped a game early but tied her match at one-all after the second. She would take a 2-1 lead after the third game with an 11-4 win, but Chu took the fourth in a tiebreak.
In the end, Goh would not be denied as she took the decisive game, 11-6, in a matchup of returning CSA quarterfinalists last season. Vogel got a quick 2-0 lead in her match, winning the first two games, 11-6 and 11-8. She would then close out her win at No. 7 with a 13-11 tiebreak win.
Courtney Jones and Colleen Fehm each were dealt tough losses in the match against Stanford. Jones fell in four games at the No. 5 position against the Cardinal after sitting out the first match. Fehm found herself down 2-0 after two games in the match against Stanford, but rallied to tie her match at No. 9 at two-all. However, she would drop the decisive fifth game in a tiebreak, 12-10. Earlier in the day, Fehm picked up a 3-1 win against Brown. After dropping the first game in that match, the freshman ran off three straight games for the win at No. 6.
Lindsay Wong won her match at No. 10 against Stanford, 3-1. She took the first two games, along with the fourth for the win against the Cardinal. Against Brown, Wong played a career-high seventh ranked match, winning 3-0. In that win, she allowed just 13 points total. She is now a perfect 2-0 in matches played inside the top-nine.
In the match against Brown, Hyland Murphy secured a 3-0 victory at No. 8. She took her first two games by the same 11-6 margin, before closing her win with an 11-5 victory in the third game. Jennie Shulkin also picked a 3-0 win against Brown, winning at No. 10. Lyles Swift-Farley played her first match inside the top-nine against the Bears. She took the tiebreak in her first game, but the second game tiebreak went the way off her opponent who then used that momentum against the Quakers' freshman in the four-game match.
After the two wins today, Penn now begins preparation for tomorrow when No. 2 Yale (13-0, 4-0 Ivy) comes the Ringe Squash Courts. The Bulldogs picked up a 7-2 win against Princeton this afternoon. Tomorrow's match with Yale will begin at noon.
Penn 8, Brown 1
Penn 6, Stanford 3