CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing in the third-placematch in the final day of the College Squash Association Team National Championships on Sunday, the University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team fell to Ivy rival Princeton, 5-4, finishing the season as the fourth-place team in the country.
After defeating Columbia 9-0 in the first round of the CSA Howe Cup, Penn advanced to play Trinity in the semifinals on Saturday, falling 5-4, leading to the matchup with Princeton (12-3) on Sunday.
A close overall match up and down the ladder, the Quakers (14-3) picked up individual wins against the Tigers in the third position from freshman Marie Stephan, the sixth position from junior Haidi Lala, the seventh position from junior Camille Lanier, and eighth position from freshman Ali Richmond.
In the first position, junior Yan Xin Tan fell in a back-and-forth five game match, and sophomore Michelle Wong battled back to force a fifth game, in the fifth position, before falling. Freshman Melissa Alves dropped her match in the fourth position in four games.
Finishing the season fourth in the CSA, the Penn women won their first Ivy League championship since 2008, and third overall, going undefeated 7-0. The championship was the first team titlefor new athletic director Grace Calhoun, and the Quakers closed out the season with 14 wins overall.