PHILADELPHIA – It was just short of a dream week for the third-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team.
After defeating No. 1 Harvard on Sunday, 5-4, the Quakers had No. 2 Trinity (8-0) on the ropes with the overall match tied 4-4, and the final individual match tied 2-2.
Freshman Melissa Alves was back-and-forth with Trinity sophomore Anna Kimberley, both players wanting to be the hero for their teammates. In the end Kimberley managed a few more shots, defeating Alves 11-6 in the final game, and giving Trinity a 5-4 victory over the Quakers.
The Quakers picked up wins in the fourth, fifth, eighth, and ninth positions. Freshman Marie Stephan and sophomore Michelle Wong were excellent with their play for the second straight match against a highly ranked opponent. Freshman Ali Richmond was also good, in a 3-1 victory.
Perhaps no one was tougher than senior captain Leslie Gill, rallying from five points down in the fifth game to win 12-10, and 3-2. Gill'svictory pushed the Quakers to the 4-4 tie, setting the stage for the deciding match between Alves and Kimberley.
With the defeat against Trinity, Penn (7-1, 2-0 Ivy) saw its seven game winning streak to begin the season snapped.
The Penn women will now have a chance to regroup before the short trip down the 33rd Street to take on neighbor Drexel (0-5), Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. While Penn waits to play the Dragons, Drexel will play four matches between now and next Wednesday.