NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With less than a week until the year officially begins, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s squash teams competed at the annual Ivy League pre-season scrimmages last weekend at Yale. The Penn women finished second with a record of 2-1, while the men’s squad took fourth with a mark of 1-2.
On the women’s side, the Quakers put together a pair of dominant wins over Dartmouth (9-0) and Columbia (9-0) before falling to the defending national champions, Harvard (5-4), in the finals.
Penn received stellar efforts from its top three of Reeham Salah, Marie Stephan and Melissa Alves, who all went a perfect 3-0 on the weekend. Salah was especially impressive in Penn’s top slot, as she nabbed a victory over Harvard’s Sabrina Sobhy—a foe she lost to twice last season.
Other notable performers included a trio of newcomers who all earned the first wins of their young careers. Jessica Davis compiled a perfect 3-0 mark, while Lindsay Stanley and Clare Kearns each went 2-1.
The men’s team, which came in as the No. 2 seed, began the weekend with a 5-4 triumph over Princeton. George Lemmon capped off the thrilling victory with a 3-2 victory at No. 8, including a 14-12 win in the fifth game. The senior captain showed off tremendous resiliency, staving off three match points.
Although the Quakers dropped matches to Harvard (6-3) and Yale (7-2), they received several promising efforts that should bode well for the future. Most notably, freshmen David Yacobucci and Wil Hagen each recorded their first wins in a Penn uniform. Yacobucci provided one of the wins against the Bulldogs, along with Hayes Murphy, who registered a 3-2 triumph at No. 5.
The Quakers begin the 2016-17 season by hosting George Washington and Virginia this Saturday at the Ringe Squash Courts.