NEW YORK – Undefeated Ivy League Champions. The University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team finished off the regular season with a victory, claiming the outright Ivy League championship with a 7-0 record, after defeating Columbia 9-0 on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, Penn claimed its third Ivy championship in program history, previously winning in 2000 and 2008.
The title is head coach Jack Wyant’s second Ivy League championship with the women’s team at Penn.
“It’s been an honor to work with and coach this group of exceptional young women,” said Wyant. “They’ve come together so beautifully, and I couldn’t be happier for what they’ve accomplished.”
The Penn women’s squash Ivy League championship marks the first team title for new athletic director Grace Calhoun, who took the reins of the Penn athletic department in July of 2014.
The Quakers undefeated run through the league began in early January with a 9-0 victory over Dartmouth, and a last-match 5-4 victory over then No. 1 Harvard. They then won five straight Ivy matches to close the season – a 6-3 victory at Princeton and Yale, and 8-1 wins over Brown and Cornell, before defeating Columbia.
The second-ranked Quakers (13-1, 7-0) had little trouble with No. 11 Columbia (7-7, 2-5 Ivy) on Sunday, winning all but one match by a 3-0 score.
Penn has been led at the top of the ladder all season long by junior Yan Xin Tan and sophomore Anaka Alankamony.
In the middle of the order, freshmen Marie Stephan and Melissa Alves, along with sophomore Michelle Wong have gone an astounding 20-0 in Ivy play.
Winning critical matches all year long in the six through nine positions have been juniors Camille Lanier and Haidi Lala, freshman Ali Richmond, sophomore Grace van Arkel, senior captain Leslie Gill, and senior Colleen Fehm.
Up next for the Penn women will be the College Squash Association Team Championships, competing in the top-flight Howe Cup. The three-day national championship will take place Feb. 13-15 at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.