Women's Squash Bounces back with 9-0 Victory over Dartmouth

PHILADELPHIA – One day after suffering its first loss of the season, fifth-ranked Penn (5-1, 1-1 Ivy) came back in a big way with a 9-0 thrashing of No. 8 Dartmouth (3-3, 0-3) on Sunday at the Ringe Squash Courts. The Quakers got back into the win column, winning every match in straight games, which has been the norm this season other than Saturday’s loss to Harvard.

In the first rotation of matches, Penn wasted no time getting off to a quick start. The first match to conclude was at position six where Camille Lanier (4-0, 1-0) made quick work of Dartmouth’s Kensy Balch. Tri-captain Stephanie Vogel (4-0, 1-0) got into the action at No. 9 against Helena Darling after competing in an exhibition match on Saturday against Harvard. Vogel’s first game moved like clockwork, and she followed that with two tough wins to take the match. Haidi Lala (4-0, 2-0) moved to the No. 3 position a day after making her Ivy debut at No. 4 on Saturday. The freshman bested Nina Scott, 11-4, in the first two games, and fought off a tough comeback in the third game, winning the match with a 15-13 third-game victory.

The second rotation saw Courtney Jones (3-1, 1-1) top Katherine Nimmo easily at No. 5, followed by Chloe Blacker (6-0, 2-0) defeating Lydie McKenzie in straight games at No. 8. All-American Rachael Goh (4-1, 1-1) moved up to No. 2 for the day and took down Melina Turk. Goh won a hard fought first game, 13-11, and then finished off the match with two easy games.

In the last rotation, Penn already had a 6-0 lead and was looking to go in and seal the clean sweep, its fifth of the season. Yarden Odinak (2-1, 1-1) finished first, topping Sarah Loucks at No. 4. She was followed by Ailsa Agnew (5-1, 1-1) at No. 7, and the freshman bested Victoria Dewey, with all three games coming down to the wire. The last match of the day was at position one between Yan Xin (4-1, 1-1) – she was at No. 1 as Nabilla Ariffin had the day off – and Corey Schafer. After taking Harvard’s Laura Gemmell, one of the country’s top collegiate women’s players, to the brink in a five-game match that she ultimately lost on Saturday, Xin followed it up with a dominant victory over the Big Green.

The Quakers will be back in action on Jan. 16 when they hit the road in Lancaster, Pa. for a 6:00 p.m. match against No. 15 Franklin & Marshall.

Full Results

Penn 9, Dartmouth 0

No. 1: Yan Xin (P) def. Corey Schafer (D) 3-0, (11-6, 11-6, 11-9)

No. 2: Rachael Goh (P) def. Melina Turk (D) 3-0, (13-11, 11-2, 11-4)

No. 3: Haidi Lala (P) def. Nina Scott (D) 3-0, (11-4, 11-4, 15-13)

No. 4: Yarden Odinak (P) def. Sarah Loucks (D) 3-0, (14-12, 11-7, 11-6)

No. 5: Courtney Jones (P) def. Katherine Nimmo (D) 3-0, (11-4, 11-3, 11-4)

No. 6: Camille Lanier (P) def. Kensy Balch (D) 3-0, (11-9, 11-6, 11-7)

No. 7: Ailsa Agnew (P) def. Victoria Dewey (D) 3-0, (11-9, 12-10, 11-8)

No. 8: Chloe Blacker (P) def. Lydie McKenzie (D) 3-0, (11-5, 11-9, 11-5)

No. 9: Stephanie Vogel (P) def. Helena Darling (D) 3-0, (11-3, 11-8, 11-9)

No. 10: Carey Celata (P) def. Oona Morris (D) 3-0, (11-4, 11-6, 11-2)