Women's Squash Concludes Season at Individual Championships

Hanover, N.H. -- The University of Pennsylvania women's squash team closed out the 2004-05 season at the College Squash Association Individual Championships, held over the weekend at Dartmouth.

Said Head Coach Jack Wyant, "They all competed hard and tried their best, they just fell a little short. As they gain more experience they will be on the winning side of those matches."

In consolation play, Radhika Ahluwalia fell to Ashley Malenchak of Dartmouth, 3-1 (4-9, 9-1, 10-9, 9-7) while Caitlin Russell fell to Lena Neufeld of Princeton, 3-2 (7-9, 4-9, 9-1, 9-7, 9-6). Lauralynn Drury also fell in the consolation round, to Marilla Hiltz of Princeton, 3-1 (9-7, 9-1, 8-10, 10-8). In the second consolation bracket, Paula Pearson fell to Lauren Polonich of Trinity, 3-2 (1-9, 9-2, 9-5, 5-9, 9-4). Pearson finished the competiton in 13th place overall.

In the first round of play, Radhika Ahluwalia fell to Lauren Polonich of Trinity, 3-1 (9-3, 5-9, 9-1, 9-2). Caitlin Russel fell to No. 4 seed Amy Gross of Yale, 3-0 (9-4, 9-7, 9-2) and Lauralynn Drury fell to No. 2 seed Kyla Grigg of Harvard, 3-0 (9-7, 9-4, 9-0).

Paula Pearson was the lone Quaker to advance past the first round of competition. Pearson defeated Lena Neufeld of Princeton, 3-0 (9-2, 9-2, 9-3) to advance to the round of 16. She was then defeated by fourth-seeded Gross, 3-0 (9-2, 9-3, 9-4).

All four Quakers competed in the Ramsay Flight of the tournament.