NEW HAVEN, Conn. -In the first round of the CSA Team Championships, the University of Pennsylvania women's squash team continued its dominance and defeated the No. 7 Columbia Lions 9-0 to advance to the National Semifinals. The Quakers entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 Princeton on Saturday for a spot in the final.
Penn won seven matches 3-0 on Friday and needed only four in the other two to secure the shutout-win.
At the top of the ladder, Reeham Salah made quick work of her opponent in a 3-0 win. Salah surrendered only 10 points in the entire match.
Yan Xin Tan also only needed three games to earn her point. Tan was the only Quaker to post a shutout-victory on the day, winning 11-0 in her first game.
Improving to 14-0 on the season, Marie Stephan still has not lost an individual game this year, going an incredible 42-0 to this point. Stephan won 11-7, 11-3, and 11-7.
In the sixth position, Rowaida Attia breezed past her Columbia counterpart, 3-0. She sandwiched an 11-8 win between a pair of 11-2 triumphs.
Fellow Egyptian Haidi Lala only allowed her opponent to earn 12 points on Friday. She won her match 3-0 with 11-4, 11-2, and 11-6 wins.
Camille Lanier was also a 3-0 winner. Lanier, who along with Tan and Lala are playing in their final three matches for the Quakers, won 11-3, 11-6, and 11-4.
In the ninth spot, Grace van Arkel continued her string of impressive play with a 3-0 win, closing out her day with a hard-fought 11-9 win.
Needing four games to earn their points on Friday were Anaka Alankamony and Michelle Wong. Alankamony won her first game, before dropping the second, but made a statement in game three with an 11-3 showing that propelled her to a 3-1 match-win. Wong dropped her first game, but worked her way to winning the next three to close out the Lions.
With the win, Penn finds itself in the CSA semifinals once again. Last season, the Quakers lost a heartbreaker to Trinity in the semis, leading to a fourth place finish.
This season, the Quakers will face archrival No. 3 Princeton for a spot in the National Championship. Penn defeated the Tigers 8-1 on January 30. Saturday's match is slated for noon. The other semifinal will pit top-seeded Harvard against No. 4 seed Trinity at 2:30 p.m.