CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Women's squash rebounded in a big way Saturday afternoon at the Howe Cup. The Quakers swept No. 8 Dartmouth, 9-0, and will now play for fifth place tomorrow against No. 7 Cornell. The Big Red upset No. 6 Stanford, 5-4, in their consolation match.
The Quakers dropped two early games in the first wave of matches to hit the court, winning in four games at two of the positions, but did not allow another the rest of the afternoon. Overall, Penn won 27 of the 29 games that were contested in the top-nine.
Head Coach Jack Wyant has now guided Penn to at least a top-six finish in each of his eight years leading the women's program. A win tomorrow over would mark the seventh straight season the Quakers have finished the year as a top-five program in the country. Stanford and Cornell will play their match this evening to determine the Quakers final opponent of the season. That fifth place match will take place at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Playing at the top of the ladder, Nabilla Ariffin allowed just seven total points in the first and third games, to go along with a 13-11 tiebreak win in the second. She is now 6-4 overall in matches played at No. 1 with all of her victories coming in three games. Rachael Goh also won in three games at No. 2. She won tight first and third games, 11-7 and 11-9, to go along with a dominating 11-2 second game. Goh is now 7-1 playing at No. 2 this season.
At No. 3 and No. 4, juniors Pia Trikha and Yarden Odinak each picked up their 39th career victories. Trikha fell in tight first game at No. 3, 11-9. However, she allowed just 15 points the rest of the way to her ninth win overall this season. Odinak allowed just nine points total at No. 4, including an 11-2 third game to close out her win. She is now a team-best 11-2 this season.
Courtney Jones got a quick jump on her opponent with 11-4 and 11-3 wins in the first and second games at No. 5. She had to work a little harder to finish off her opponent, but would do so in the third, 11-9. She now has nine wins on the season. Stephanie Vogel went up 2-0 in her match at No. 6, allowing just 10 points in the first two games, winning 11-6 and 11-4. Her opponent would try to get back in the match with a third game win, but Vogel sealed her ninth win of the season with an 11-4 fourth game victory.
Leslie Gill, playing No. 7, went up 1-0 with hard-fought 11-8 win in the first game, but then allowed just seven points the rest of the way, including an 11-2 win in the second game, for her ninth win as a freshman. Chloe Blacker played three tight games at No. 8, but eventually won for the 10th time in her last 11 matches with her eighth three-game sweep of the year, 11-9, 13-11, 11-7.
Colleen Fehm also picked up her ninth win of the season at No. 9 against Dartmouth. After opening with an 11-8 win in her first game, the freshman played her most impressive game of the day in the second, winning 11-4. Fehm would need to gain one extra point in the final game, but sealed her victory with a 12-10 win in that game. For good measure, freshman Lindsay Wong also picked up a three-game win at No. 10.
Looking ahead to tomorrow's fifth place match, the Quakers already own a 7-2 win over Cornell just two weekends ago when the squads met in the final match of the regular season. Cornell was swept by Yale in the opening round of the Howe Cup before its win over Stanford today.
Penn 9, Dartmouth 0
No. 1: Nabilla Ariffin (P) def. Corey Schafer (D) (3-0), 11-4, 13-11, 11-3
No. 2: Rachael Goh (P) def. Rebecca Lau (D) (3-0), 11-7, 11-2, 11-9
No. 3: Pia Trikha (P) def. Sarah Loucks (D) (3-1), 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4
No. 4: Yarden Odinak (P) def. Melina Turk (D) (3-0), 11-4, 11-3, 11-2
No. 5: Courtney Jones (P) def. Oona Morris (D) (3-0), 11-4, 11-3, 11-9
No. 6: Stephanie Vogel (P) def. Kensy Balch (D) (3-1), 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4
No. 7: Leslie Gill (P) def. Katherine Nimmo (D) (3-0), 11-8, 11-2, 11-5
No. 8: Chloe Blacker (P) def. Julia Watson (D) (3-0), 11-9, 13-11, 11-7
No. 9: Colleen Fehm (P) def. Helena Darling (D) (3-0), 11-8, 11-4, 12-10
No. 10: Lindsay Wong (P) def. Sarah Caughey (D) (3-0), 11-6, 12-10, 11-4