NEW HAVEN, CONN. -For the first time since 2010, the University of Pennsylvania women's squash team will play for the national championship after its 6-3 win over Princeton on Saturday. No. 2 Penn will face No. 1 Harvard on Sunday at 11 a.m. for the Howe Cup.
The Quakers used the top six spots on the ladder to punch their ticket to the final. Four worked 3-0 wins, while Reeham Salah needed all five games to clinch her point and Rowaida Attia needed four.
Clinching the match on Saturday was Marie Stephan who improved her unbeaten record to 15-0 and her unbeaten individual games record to 45-0. Stephan worked as the Quakers No. 4.
Victorious in the top spot again was Reeham Salah. Salah came back from a 2-1 deficit in games to win 3-2. She was down 8-3 in the fifth, but fought all the way back to a 12-10 triumph.
Anaka Alankamony played three tough games on against her Princeton counterpart. She won 11-8 and 11-9, before playing her best game yet, an 11-6 match-winner.
Senior captain Yan Xin Tan picked up the 51st win of her Penn career with a 3-0 victory. Tan set the tone with her first game, winning 11-3 before she came back with back-to-back 11-7 results.
Michelle Wong didn't waste many shots in her 3-0 win. Wong closed out her point with two 11-4 scores.
Finally, Rowaida Attia used four games to win her match. After Attia had a 2-0 lead, she fell in the third, but bounced back with an 11-2 showing.
Sunday's Howe Cup Final will feature the top two teams in the CSA. Harvard is looking for its second consecutive national title and its fourth in five years. Penn is in search of its second title in program history, with the first coming in 2000.