PHILADELPHIA – With an 8-1 victory over Cornell on Friday, the University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team has earned the right to call itself Ivy League Champions.
The second-ranked Quakers (12-1, 6-0 Ivy) clinched a share of the title with the win over the sixth-ranked Big Red (8-4, 3-3 Ivy) on Friday evening inside the Ringe Squash Courts.
It is the Penn women’s first Ivy championship since the 2008 season, which saw the Quakers finish undefeated in the league. The title is Penn’s third overall, as the Quakers also won it in 2000.
With Harvard close behind Penn at 5-1 in league play, Penn must now defeat ninth-ranked Columbia on the road Sunday to win the championship outright.
On Friday, Penn was too much to handle for Cornell, as freshman Marie Stephan and junior Haidi Lala put the Red and Blue ahead early, 2-0.
Sophomores Anaka Alankamony and Michelle Wong made short work of their opponents, both winning 3-0, before freshman Ali Richmond and junior Yan Xin Tan also picked up 3-0 victories. Freshman Melissa Alves won her match in the fourth position, 3-1, while junior Camille Lanier won in five games in the sixth position.
The Penn women’s squash Ivy League championship marks the first for new athletic director Grace Calhoun, who took over the reins of the Penn athletic department in July of 2014.The Quakers will look to claim the outright title and just their third undefeated Ivy League record on Sunday, traveling to Columbia for a 1 p.m. match. Follow along with the action on Twitter - @PennSquash.