PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn women's squash team defeated the Stanford Cardinal 8-1 Friday to advance to the semi-finals of the Howe Cup, where they will face Trinity tomorrow morning at 11:30.
Senior co-captain Elizabeth Kern got the Quakers off to a strong start when she won at No. 9, 9-0, 9-0, 9-3. Following soon behind was No. 3 Sydney Scott, who won 9-1, 9-3, 9-2 to give Penn a quick 2-0 lead.
At No. 6, Christina Matthias gutted out a hard-fought 10-8 victory in the first game before taking over the match, winning the next two games 9-1, 9-7 to ensure a 3-0 victory.
After Alisha Turner was forced to withdraw from her match at No. 2, the Quakers rolled the rest of the way. Senior co-captain Lauralynn Drury turned in an impressive 9-2, 9-0, 9-0 victory at No. 8 and Britt Hebden clinched the match victory when she won at No. 5, 9-1, 9-5, 9-3.
Freshman Annie Madeira gave her opponent no chance at No. 7, racing out to a 9-0, 9-1, 9-0 victory.
Junior Tara Chawla was the only victorious Quaker not to win 3-0. She had to settle for a 3-1 victory after she won 9-2, 9-7, 6-9, 9-4.
Sophomore Kristen Lange capped off the team victory at No. 1. The nation's second-ranked player sealed the 8-1 victory for the Quakers when she won 9-6, 9-6, 9-4.
"We are very satisfied with the win," head coach Jack Wyant said afterwards. "We felt like we played very well today, and now we're getting ready for Trinity."
Drury echoed his sentiments.
"Today we were able to get used to these courts and really get a good test to start the tournament. We're excited about the rest of the weekend."
The Quakers will take on Trinity tomorrow morning at 11:30.
A full Howe Cup draw can be found here.