PRINCETON, N.J. The Penn Women’s Squash team headed into the game in pursuit of knocking off No. 1 Princeton on Wednesday night, but was stopped by the Tigers' desire for revenge, falling 6-3.The teamsweretied up 2-2 before the Tigers took three consecutive matches to get to the needed five match total.
The Tigers were the first to capture a win. At No. 8, Penn’s Taylor Booth was unable to stop Nikki Sequeira, falling 9-1, 9-2, 9-0. The Quakers then responded with its own win to even the score.
In a replay of the No. 7 match in 2008, Annie Madeira and Maggie O’Toole played at the No. 6 position. In consecutive years, Madeira came out with the win this time it only took Madeira three short games over the five-game nail bitter last season.
The Tigers picked up its second win of the match after Emily Goodwin retired at No. 9. Sydney Scott then brought the match even in an exciting contest at the No. 2 spot of the ladder. Scott and Princeton’s Neha Kumar traded games to take it to the all important fifth and final game. Scott worked back from a 7-1 deficit to take the next eight points and the vital win.
In a rematch of 2008 Penn’s Britt Hebden and Kaitlin Sennatt battled through five games to give their team’s the 3-2 lead. Sennatt faced several Quaker match points, but was able to keep Hebden from the final point and worked herself out of the 8-4 deficit for the win.
The Tigers then took matches at No. 7 and No. 5 to cement the win and their No. 1 ranking.
Penn is off this weekend, but will be back on the court Feb. 6 for its last regular season matches Harvard on Feb. 6 and Dartmouth Feb. 7 at Ringe Courts.
Princeton def. Penn (6-3)
1) Kristen Lange (Penn) def. Amanda Siebert (7), 7, 4, 2
2) Sydney Scott (Penn) d. Neha Kumar 2, (3), 2, (2), 7
3) Emery Maine (Prin) v. Alisha Turner 9, (7), 7, 4
4) Kaitlin Sennatt (Prin) d. Britt Hebden 5, 10-8, (8-10), (0), 10-8
5) Jackie Moss (Prin) d. Christina Matthias 5, (6), 5, 3
6) Annie Madeira (Penn) d. Maggie O’Toole 3, 3, 1
7) Aly Brady (Prin) d. Tara Chawla 6, (1), 5, 5
8) Nikki Sequeira (Prin) d. Taylor Booth 1, 2, 0
9) Katie Giovinazzo (Prin) d. Emily Goodwin 4, ret.