ITHACA, N.Y. - Women's squash closed the regular season with a convincing 7-2 win on the road over No. 7 Cornell Sunday. The Quakers (8-3, 5-2 Ivy) took the No. 2 through No. 8 spots in the ladder to finish third in the Ivy League, while Cornell (11-6, 3-4 Ivy) finishes in fifth place in the Ivy League. Five of the Quakers' seven victories came in straight games, while the other two took just four games.
Yarden Odinak finished the regular season with a team-best nine wins against just two losses. Against Cornell, she won the first game, 11-7, and then allowed just seven points the remainder of the way, taking the second and third games 11-3 and 11-4, respectively. The junior has now gone 32-3 during the regular season of her first three years.
Fellow juniors Pia Trikha and Stephanie Vogel each finish the regular season with 8-2 records. Trikha lost a 14-12 tiebreak to start off her match at No. 3, but came back with an 11-9 win in the second game. After an 11-6 win in the third, she closed her match with another 11-9 win in the fourth. Vogel opened up her match with a dominating 11-2 win in the first game. Her next two would be much closer, but she would take both, 11-9 and 12-10. All eight of Vogel's wins came in three games during the regular season.
Sophomores Courtney Jones and Chloe Blacker also finished the regular season with eight victories against just two losses following wins against Cornell. Jones allowed just four points in the first game and five in the third to go along with an 11-8 win in the second. Blacker also picked up a three-game win at No. 8, 11-6, 11-9, and 11-7. She will head into the team championships having won seven of her last eight matches and 24 of her last 29 games.
Freshman Leslie Gill gives Penn seven players with at least eight wins during the regular season with her win at No. 6. After splitting a pair of 11-5 games to start the match, Gill won 11-7 in the third and 11-8 in the fourth. Rachael Goh picked up another sweep for the Quakers, running her season record to 6-3. She went up early with an 11-7 first game victory before taking the next two games, 11-3 and 11-5, in her match at No. 2. She is now 5-1 in matches she plays at No. 2.
At No. 9, Lindsay Wong suffered her first loss of the season inside of the top-nine. She had previously been unbeaten through her first three matches inside the ladder. Nabilla Ariffin also had a tough loss at No. 1. After dropping a tight first game, 11-9, the junior co-captain battled Cornell's No. 1 to a 14-all tie in the second game before the Big Red's No. 1 took two straight games. Ariffin finishes her regular season with a 5-5 mark, including a 4-3 record at the top of the ladder.
The women's team will now have two weeks off to prepare for the Howe Cup. They are currently slotted to be the fourth overall seed in the tournament. Final team rankings will come out early next week. The team championships will be held from Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26 at Harvard.
Penn 7, Cornell 2
No. 1: Danielle Letourneau (C) def. Nabilla Ariffin (P) (3-0), 11-9, 16-14, 11-6
No. 2: Rachael Goh (P) def. Jaime Laird (C) (3-0), 11-7, 11-3, 11-5
No. 3: Pia Trikha (P) def. Jesse Pacheco (C) (3-1), 12-14, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9
No. 4: Yarden Odinak (P) def. Maggie Remsen (C),(3-0) 11-7, 11-3, 11-4
No. 5: Courtney Jones (P) def. Rachel Au (C) (3-0), 11-4, 11-8, 11-5
No. 6: Leslie Gill (P) def. Clare Berner (C) (3-1), 11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8
No. 7: Stephanie Vogel (P) def. Lauren Sachvie (C) (3-0), 11-2, 11-9, 12-10
No. 8: Chloe Blacker (P) def. Jacqueline Wagner (C) (3-0), 11-6, 11-9, 11-7
No. 9: Laura Caty (C) def. Lindsay Wong (P) (3-0), 11-6, 11-8, 12-10
No. 10: Colleen Fehm (P) def. Sofia Thierry (C) (3-0), 11-4, 11-1, 11-5