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HOWE CUP: DAY 1 RECAP
NEW HAVEN, CONN. – Third-ranked Penn women’s squash (13-2, 6-2 Ivy) earned its first opening-round victory in three seasons on Friday at the Howe Cup Championship. The Quakers bested No. 6 Cornell (12-6, 3-5) 8-1, earning their second consecutive win over the Big Red and less than a week. With the victory, the Red and Blue advance to the semifinal round to face second-ranked Harvard (13-1, 6-1) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Penn is now 32-2 all-time, and 5-0 in Howe Cup matches, against Cornell, and has won 16 in a row throughout the series. The Quakers earned three straight-game wins at positions five, six and nine from Pia Trikha, Yarden Odinak, and Chloe Blacker, respectively.
Additionally, the other five wins came in long matches. Courtney Jones played her first match in over two weeks due to an ailing ankle, and took her match at the eighth position in five games. Camille Lanier defeated Brynn Daniels of Cornell for the second week in a row at No. 7 – last week it was in straight games, and today it was in four. Haidi Lala battled her way to a win at No. 4, defeated Abby Foster in five games.
The top two players on Penn’s ladder won as well. Yan Xin at the second position topped her opponent in four games. Nabilla Ariffin, less than a week after retiring early from her match against Danielle Letourneau on Senior Day due to injury, defeated Letourneau in four games at the top spot.
The Crimson comes into Saturday fresh off its 9-0 thrashing of No. 7 Stanford in the opening round. Penn trails Harvard 40-5 in the all-time series, and the Crimson are one of the two teams to have dealt a loss to the Quakers this season.
The last time the two teams met was on Jan. 12 in the first home match of the season for Penn. The Red and Blue fell in a very tight one, 6-3. Two of their losses came in the full five games at Nos. 2 and 3, and another one of their losses came in four games at position eight. This time around, Penn is on a six-match win streak and will look to make its first appearance in the finals since 2010, when this year’s senior class were freshmen.
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Penn 8, Cornell 1
No. 1: Nabilla Ariffin (P) def. Danielle Letourneau (C) 3-1, (11-13, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5)
No. 2: Yan Xin (P) def. Jessenia Pacheco (C) 3-1, (11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4)
No. 3: Jamie Laird (C) def. Rachael Goh (P) 3-2, (11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 2-11, 11-7)
No. 4: Haidi Lala (P) def. Abbey Foster (C) 3-2, (11-6, 10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9)
No. 5: Pia Trikha (P) def. Rachel Au (C) 3-0, (11-2, 11-4, 11-8)
No. 6: Yarden Odinak (P) def. Maggie Remsen (C) 3-0, (11-7, 11-3, 11-9)
No. 7: Camille Lanier (P) def. Brynn Daniels (C) 3-1, (11-7, 12-14, 11-8, 11-2)
No. 8: Courtney Jones (P) def. Lindsay Seginson (C) 3-2, (12-14, 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7)
No. 9: Chloe Blacker (P) def. Reut Odinak (C) 3-0, (11-9, 11-9, 11-6)