No. 3 Quakers Fall to Top-Ranked Princeton Wednesday Night

PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 4 Penn women’s squash team (7-2, 1-2 Ivy) saw its bid for a top-two spot in the CSA rankings taken away by the hands of top-ranked Princeton (6-0, 3-0) on Wednesday night at the Jadwin Squash Courts. The Quakers fell behind early, and were never able to come back, losing to the Tigers, 9-0.

Penn played a total of four five-game matches and three four-game matches, dictating that the final result did not accurately display the effort. In the first rotation of matches, Chloe Blacker (7-1, 2-1) lost her first decision since the middle of last season, 3-1, at the ninth position. At No. 6, Yarden Odinak (3-3, 1-2) looked to even the match at one when she took a 2-0 lead in the early going. Unfortunately Princeton’s Lexi Saunders took over the rest of the match with her stamina, winning the final three games and taking the match, 3-2. Rachael Goh (4-3, 1-2) came in at No. 3, but after taking an early 1-0 lead, fell to Princeton’s Nicole Bunyan, 3-1.

The Red and Blue entered into the second rotation of matches trailing 3-0, and matters did not get any better. Steady freshman Yan Xin (5-2, 1-2) stepped in at the second position, but fell quickly for her second loss of the season, this one in straight games to Libby Eyre, 3-0. Camille Lanier (7-1, 2-1), the hero of Penn’s 6-3 upset over Trinity, took her place at No. 8. The rookie fell behind 2-1 after three games, but forced a fifth. She took the final game all the way to then end, but ultimately dropped the match, 3-2. Pia Trikha (4-1, 1-1) was at the fifth position, and was able to take the first game but dropped the last three, and the match, 3-1.

Trailing 6-0, Penn was looking for some redemption in the final rotation. Nabilla Ariffin (3-3, 0-2) fell in straight sets first at No. 1. Haidi Lala (6-1, 2-1) played at the fourth position, displaying her skill by taking every other game and forcing a fifth. The freshman was unable to close the final game though, falling 3-2. The last match to finish on the night was at No. 7 between Courtney Jones (4-2, 1-2) and Alex Sawin. Jones won the first game, 14-12, and the fourth game, 11-9, to force a fifth, but was unable to finish and lost, 3-2.

The Quakers will be back in action on Feb. 2 for a doubleheader against Brown and Stanford in Providence, R.I. They will face the Bears at 11 a.m. and the Cardinal at 3 p.m.

Full Results
Princeton 9, Penn 0

No. 1: Julie Cerullo (Pr) def. Nabilla Ariffin (Pe) 3-0, (11-8, 11-4, 11-5)
No. 2: Libby Eyre (Pr) def. Yan Xin (Pe) 3-0, (11-8, 11-7, 11-3)
No. 3: Nicole Bunyan (Pr) def. Rachael Goh (Pe) 3-1, (9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4)
No. 4: Rachel Leizman (Pr) def. Haidi Lala (Pe) 3-2, (11-3, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8)
No. 5: Alex Lunt (Pr) def. Pia Trikha (Pe) 3-1, (9-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-8)
No. 6: Lexi Saunders (Pr) def. Yarden Odinak (Pe) 3-2, (6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8)
No. 7: Alex Sawin (Pr) def. Courtney Jones (Pe) 3-2, (12-14, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7)
No. 8: Tara Harrington (Pr) def. Camille Lanier (Pe) 3-2, (6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 14-12)
No. 9: Hallie Dewey (Pr) def. Chloe Blacker (Pe) 3-1, (9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8)
No. 10: Casey Cortes (Pr) def. Ailsa Agnew (Pe) 3-0, (11-6, 11-6, 11-6)