PHILADELPHIA The top-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team picked up a 6-3 win over No. 3 Trinity Sunday, and will face No. 5 Princeton Wednesday at 7 p.m. Penn is right in the middle of its toughest stretch of the season; after facing the Tigers, the Quakers play No. 4 Harvard (Feb. 10) and No. 6 Dartmouth (Feb. 11) to close out dual match play. To make matters even harder for the Quakers, Princeton (4-0, 2-0 Ivy) topped Trinity on Monday, 6-3.
Penn (6-0, 3-0 Ivy) used solid play from the bottom of its order to defeat the Bantams Sunday. Britt Hebden, Tara Chawla, Alisha Turner and Christina Matthias all picked up 3-0 wins to help solidify the rest of the lineup. Senior Radhika Ahluwalia won in four games at the No. 5 position,with two of her three wins going to 10 points. At the No. 8 position, Lauralynn Drury pulled out a five-game victory over Emily Paton. Drury lost Game 1, 10-8, but came back to win Games 2, 4 and 5.
Last season, Penn rallied back from 3-1 to even the score before the Tigers took the Nos. 1, 4 and 7 matches to post a 6-3 win at Ringe Courts. Ahluwalia won a hard-fought four-game match to get the Quakers on the board. Chawla and Paula Pearson each picked up 3-0 victories to tie the score at 3-3, but that was as close as Penn would get.
The women’s match will be preceded by the No. 4 Penn men versus the No. 2 Princeton men at 5 p.m.