CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Déjà vu isn’t always kind, as the second-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team found out Saturday afternoon, falling to No. 3 Trinity 5-4 in the College Squash Association Howe Cup semifinal at Harvard.
Penn (14-2) has now dropped its only two matches of the season to the Bantams (17-1), both coming in the final game, of the final and deciding individual match.
It was Jan. 14, during the regular season, the first time Trinity edged the Quakers 5-4. Then it was freshman Melissa Alves battling in the final individual match, before falling 3-2. Saturday, it was junior Camille Lanier in the final match for Penn, trying to advance the Quakers into the national championship match beforefalling 3-2.
The Red and Blue picked up wins in the No. 2-4 positions, from sophomore Anaka Alankamony, freshman Marie Stephan, and freshman Melissa Alves. Quaker junior Haidi Lala also won in the sixth position.
Penn dropped matches in the No. 1, 8, and 9 positions in three games, and sophomore Michelle Wong lost her first match of the season in the fifth position. Prior to Saturday, she was 15-0 as an individual.
With the loss, Penn will play in Princeton in the No. 3/4 game Sunday at 11 a.m. The Tigers lost to Harvard, also by a 5-4 score on Saturday. Trinity and Harvard will meet for the national championship Sunday at 1 p.m. All matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.