Perfect Day for Men's, Women's Squash

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's and women's squash teams earned 9-0 victories over Brown Sunday, as the women improved to 3-0 and the men earned their first victory of the season.

The women got off to a quick start as No. 3 sophomore Britt Hebden (9-1, 9-0, 9-2)and No. 6 freshmanAnnie Madeira (9-1, 9-5, 9-3)won in three games. In one of the best matches of the day, senior Chloe Wynne gave the Quakers a 3-0 lead when she came back from a 2-1 deficit to take her match, 3-2 (9-7, 8-10, 3-9, 9-3, 10-8).

Sophomore Sydney Scott completed the weekend without losing a game, as she won her No. 2 match in three games (9-0, 9-1, 9-4). She also defeated Yale's No. 2 in three games on Saturday. Sophomore Christina Matthias gave the Quakers the victory in the No. 5 position, 9-0, 9-6, 8-10, 10-8.

Senior Elizabeth Kern took a 2-0 lead early in her match from the No. 8 position, winning 9-0, 9-2. She then dropped the next two games, 9-5 and 9-6, before turning up the pressure in the fifth game and keeping the team perfect on the day with a 9-4 victory.

Sophomore Kristen Lange, playing at the No. 1 position, bounced back from a 3-0 defeat to Yale's No. 1 on Saturday, registering a quick 9-2, 9-2, 9-0 victory. Junior Emily Goodwin was just as dominant from the No. 7 posiiton, winning 9-0, 9-0, 9-6. Junior Tara Chawla completed the perfect day for the women when she bounced back from a first-game 10-9 loss to win the next three, 9-0, 9-2, 9-4.

For the men, Sunday's match represented a chance to improve on an encouraging performance against highly-ranked Yale, to whom the Quakers fell 5-4 on Saturday. Determined to get into the win column, the men were able to match the women's feat of defeating Brown, 9-0.

Junior Joey Raho got the Quakers off to a good start when he registered a quick 3-0 victory, 9-0, 9-2, 9-2, from the No. 6 position. Freshman William Browne battled back in a tense first game to claim a 10-9 victory before putting away his opponent in the next two, 9-0, 9-5. At the No. 3 position, senior Spencer Kurn rebounded from a 9-6 loss in the first game to claim a 3-1 victory, 6-9, 9-1, 9-0, 9-3.

Junior Parker Justi claimed a 3-1 victory at No. 8, winning 9-4, 9-2, 7-9, 10-8. Meanwhile, on the main court, sophomore Mark Froot made quick work of his opponent at No. 2, winning 9-6, 9-3, 9-5.

It looked as if freshman Porter Drake would become the first Quaker to fall on the day when he lost the first game 9-4 and fell behind 8-2 in the second. Somehow, though, Drake was able to battle back in the second game and claimed a 10-8 victory. He put his opponent away in the next two games, winning 9-0 and 9-4.

Three sweeps gave the men an appropriate conclusion to Penn's dominating day. Senior Lee Rosen won at hte No. 1 position, 9-5, 9-1, 9-5. Freshman James Clark took the No. 4 match, 9-4, 9-3, 10-9, and junior Andrew Zimmerman won at the No. 7 position, 9-7, 9-3, 9-5.

Later Sunday afternoon, the women's squash team will welcome the emerging program from Columbia to Ringe Courts. It marks the first time that the Quakers have matched up with the Lions in decades. The men are back in action on Wednesday evening at Ringe.