NEW HAVEN, Conn. If it is possible for the second win of a season to speak volumes, then the University of Pennsylvania women’s squash teams' 5-4 victory over No. 2 Yale (0-1, 0-1 Ivy) might have very well set the tone for their season. Currently ranked No. 4, Penn (2-0, 2-0 Ivy) certainly came into the contest the underdog against the defending national champions.
An upset seemed unlikely for the Quakers after losing at the Nos. 1 and 2 flights. Senior Paula Pearson won at No. 3 over Lauren McCrery in straight sets. Despite losing at Nos. 4 and 5, Penn simply dominated the Bulldogs at the bottom of the lineup.
Radhika Ahluwalia, Alisha Turner, Christina Matthias and Lauralynn Drury all won their matches to seal the win. Ahluwalia won in straight sets, while Turner and Matthias both won, 3-1. Drury held off Jessica Balderston, 3-2 at No. 9.
"I’m thrilled for the kids because their effort paid off today,” said Head Coach Jack Wyant. “Hopefully this is just the first bigwin for us this season. We received tremendous support from our alumni and friends today.”
Sunday, Penn is back in action at No. 8 Brown at 11 a.m.
Penn 5, Yale 4
1. Catherine McLeod (Y) def. Kristen Lange (P), 3-1
2. Miranda Ranieri (Y) def. Sydney Scott (P), 3-1
3. Paula Pearson (P) def. Lauren McCrery (Y), 3-0
4. Alia Aziz (Y) def. Tara Chawla (P), 3-1
5. Kate Rapisarda (Y) def. Britt Hebden (P), 3-0
6. Radhika Ahluwalia (P) def. Tara Wadhwa (Y), 3-0
7. Alisha Turner (P) def. Sarah Barenbaum (Y), 3-1
8. Christina Matthias (P) def. Nicola Shiels (Y), 3-1
9. Lauralynn Drury (P) def. Jessica Balderston (Y), 3-2
10. Caitlin Russell (P) def. Elisabeth Hill (Y), 3-0