PHILADELPHIA – Undefeated Ivy League Champions. The University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team finished off the regular season with a victory over Columbia to claim the outright Ivy League championship with a 7-0 record. Earlier in the season at home, Penn took down No. 1 Harvard 5-4, in the pivotal match to decide the league title.
After hoisting the Ivy League trophy, the Quakers would move on to complete the season with a 14-3 overall record and finish fourth in the country after the College Squash Association Howe Cup.
Three individuals earned national and Ivy recognition in 2014-15 – Anaka Alankamony, Marie Stephan, and Yan Xin Tan. All three were named All-Ivy, with Alankamony and Stephan earning CSA First-team All-America and Tan earning Second-team. Alankamony was also named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team.
The Penn women’s team 14 victories are tied for the second-most in program history, matching the 2012-13 team record of 14-3. The most wins for the Quakers are 15, coming in 2007-08.
The Red and Blue finished the regular season 13-1 with their lone defeat coming to No. 2 Trinity, 5-4, just three days following their 5-4 victory over No. 1 Harvard.
At the CSA National Team Championships, Penn defeated Columbia before falling to both Trinity and Princeton, by a 5-4 score.
The Quakers would send five individuals to the CSA Individual Championships – Yan Xin Tan, Anaka Alankamony, Marie Stephan, Michelle Wong, and Ali Richmond. Alankamony and Stephan found the most success, eventuallyfalling to the champion and runner-up in the quarterfinals on day two.
Following the season, the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women honored the women’s squash team at the organizations spring conference, for their Ivy League championship.