PHILADELPHIA - In pursuit of a perfect season, No. 2 Penn women's squash team knocked No. 3 Trinity, 5-4 to remain undefeated and give the Bantams their first loss of the season. Sydney Scott's 3-0win in the No. 2 spot of the ladder clinched the win for the Quakers. The Red and Blue are now 8-0 with three matches left on the regular schedule, while the Bantams are 7-1.
The depth of Penn's ladder is what propelled the Quaker's to top the Bantams -- four of the five wins were in the Quakers bottom half. Annie Madeira playing at the No. 6 spot of the ladder and Tara Chawla at No. 7 easily disposed of their opponents - both remain undefeated in individual matches. Christina Matthias cruised thru her first two games easily, but Pamela Jimenez gave Matthias a fight in the third game. Matthias remained strong and to clinch the important win. Emily Goodwin played strong at No. 9, giving Penn an early win.
It wasScott's win at the No.2 spot of the ladder that solidified the Quakers win on Saturday. She managed to defeat Nayelly Hernandez Perez in three games, however Perez kept Scott on her feet forcing Scott to fight for each point. Kristen Lange's No. 1 match was the final contest of the evening and while the Penn win was already guaranteed it did not prevent high intensity. The match went to five games with each player forcing their opponent to earn every point.
The Quakers do not have a chance to breath as they are off to Princeton, N.J., on Wednesday evening to match up against undefeated No. 1 Princeton in what will likely be the match that determines the Ivy League Champion.
No. 2 Penn def. No.3 Trinity (5-4)
No. 1 Nour Bahgat def. Kristen Lange (5-9,9-3,6-9,9-4,9-1)
No. 2 Sydney Scott def. Nayelly Hernandez Perez (9-7,9-5,9-7)
No. 3 Tehani Guruge def. Alisha Turner (9-5,9-5,2-9,6-9,10-8)
No. 4 JoAnn Jee def. Britt Hebden (9-1,9-3,9-5)
No. 5 Christina Matthias def. Pamela Jimenez (9-1,9-5,10-9)
No. 6Annie Madeiradef. Emily Paton (9-3,9-3,9-3)
No. 7 Tara Chawla def. Emery Holton (9-5,9-1,9-4)
No. 8 Robyn Williams def. Taylor Booth (9-1,9-3,9-0)
No. 9 Emily Goodwin def. Andrea Echeverria (4-9,9-1,9-2,9-7)