CAMBRIDGE, Mass The Penn women’s squash team finished the 2008-09 season ranked-fourth in the nation after falling, 5-4, to Trinity in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon. Sydney Scott tied the contest, 4-4, after a five-game match against at the No. 2 slot. The No. 1 match was the deciding match of the day and it went in Trinity’s favor when Nour Bhgat def. Kristen Lange, 3-1.
The teams played a three-court system with the No. 9, No. 6 and No. 3 matches to be the first played. The first win came at No. 3 when Alisha Turner picked up a 3-0 decision over Tehani Guruge (9-1, 9-2, 9-0). Guruge had defeated Turner in their regular season match, 3-1. Andrea Echeverria defeated Anita Sellers at No. 9 in three straight 9-1 games. Annie Madeira swept Emery Holton at the No. 6 slot (9-2, 9-2, 9-5) to put Penn ahead 2-1.
The Bantams tied the match 2-2 when Emily Paton outplayed Taylor Booth at No. 8. The Quakers picked up its third win of the day when Christina Matthias downed Pamela Jiminez, 3-1. Jiminiez took the first game, before Matthias came storming back to take the next three games. The Bantams took a 4-3 lead with wins at the No. 4 and No. 7 positions. Britt Hebden fell to Joann Jee in three straight games (9-2, 9-4, 9-7), while Tara Chawla was defeated by Robyn Williams (9-3, 9-2, 9-3).
Scott evened the score, 4-4, with a five-game battle at No. 2. Scott took the first match over Nyaly Hernandez, 9-2, before Hernandez jumped ahead, 2-1. Scott then rattled off two 9-7 games to seal the win and force the final match of the day to decide the No. 3 team in the nation.
The final match of the day pitted two of the best women’s collegiate players against each other, Penn’s Kristen Lange and Trinity’s Nour Bhagat at the No. 1 slot. In their regular season meeting, Lange and Bhagat had an exciting five-game match that went in Bhagat’s favor. While Penn’s win over Trinity during the regular season was already guaranteed prior to Lange and Bhagat’s match, Sunday’s winner all came down to the result of their match. Bhagat jumped out to a lead with a 9-2 game. Lange amplified her play and Bhagat had to work for the second game win, 9-7. Down 2-0, Lange took the third game, 9-5. Unfortunately, she could not hold off Bhagat who took the fourth game and propelled Trinity to finish third in the nation.
Trinity def. Penn (5-4)
1. Nour Bhgat (Trinity) def. Kristen Lange (9-2, 9-7, 5-9, 9-6)
2. Sydney Scott (Penn) def Nyaly Hernandez (9-2, 7-9, 5-9, 9-7, 9-7)
3. Alisha Turner (Penn) def. Tehani Guruge (9-1, 9-2, 9-0)
4. Joann Jee (Trinity) def. Britt Hebden (9-2, 9-4, 9-7)
5. Christina Matthias (Penn) def. Pamela Jiminez (3-9, 9-5, 9-5, 9-1)
6. Annie Madeira (Penn) def. Emery Holton (9-2, 9-2, 9-5)
7. Robyn Williams (Trinity) def. Tara Chawla (9-3, 9-2, 9-3)
8. Emily Paton (Trinity) def. Taylor Booth (9-5, 9-2, 9-7)
9. Andrea Echeverria (Trinity) def. Anita Sellers (9-1, 9-1, 9-1)