NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Penn women's squash team will face HarvardSunday at 2 p.m. in the Howe Cup national championship match, after toppingTrinity, 5-4, Saturday afternoon in the semifinals. Sunday's matchwill be webcast on CollegeSquashAssociation.com.
A deceiving score, the Quakers clinched the win early, taking a 5-1 lead in the first twowaves of matches. Senior Sydney Scottand freshman Pia Trikhaearned quick 3-0 wins in the No. 3 and No. 9 positions, respectively. On the other hand, freshman Yarden Odinak and seniors Britt Hebden and Christina Matthias outlasted their opponents in grueling five-game matches.
Odinak battled for a 12-10 first-game win, then traded back-and-forth, winning the fifth, 11-5. Hebden showed resilience as she came back from a 2-1 hole to claim the last two, 11-6, 12-10, for the victory. In the same fashion, Matthias took games four and five, 11-9, 11-7, after Trinity's Robyn Williams broke the 1-1 tie, edging Matthias 13-11 in the third game.
Penn looks to win the second Howe Cup title in program history tomorrow -the othercomingin the 1999-2000 season.The Quakers last saw Harvard on Feb. 6 when the Crimsonclaimed the match, 8-1, and also the Ivy title.
No. 1 Pamela Hathway (T) def. Kristen Lange (P) 3-1 (11-4,5-11,11-8,11-6)
No. 2 Nour Bahgat (T) def. Nabilla Ariffin (P), 3-0 (11-5,11-6,11-7)
No. 3 Sydney Scott (P) def. Nayelly Hernandez (T), 3-0 (13-11,11-6,11-8)
No. 4 Tehanie Guruge (T) def. Rachel Goh (P), 3-0 (11-8,11-5,13-11)
No. 5 Yarden Odinak (P) def. Robyn Hodgson (T), 3-2 (12-10,7-11,11-4,7-11,11-5)
No. 6 Britt Hebden (P) def. JoAnn Jee (T), 3-2 (11-5,11-13,7-11,11-6,12-10)
No. 7 Alicia Rodriguez (T) def. Annie Madeira (P), 3-0 (11-9,11-5,11-6)
No. 8 Christina Matthias (P) def. Robyn Williams (T), 3-2 (5-11,11-9,11-13,11-9,11-7)
No. 9 Pia Trikha (P) def. Emily Paton (T), 3-0 (12-10,11-9,11-2)
No.10 Emery Holton (T) def. Stephanie Vogel (P), 3-2 (11-5,11-9,6-11,13-15,11-5)