Women's Squash Ready for Showdown with Defending Champs

PHILADELPHIA – In what is primed to be one of the biggest squash matches of the young 2006-07 season, the No. 4 University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team clashes with defending national champion and No. 2-ranked Yale Saturday at 1 p.m.

For the Bulldogs, this is their first official match of the season; they have not competed since the Ivy Scrimmage on Nov. 11-12. Penn (1-0, 1-0 Ivy) comes into the match riding the hot hand of freshman Kristen Lange, who advanced to the final at the Constable Invitational last weekend.

Lange defeated Princeton’s Amanda Siebert, 3-0, in the semifinals Sunday morning to advance. In the final, she lost to another Princeton opponent in Neha Kumar. Kumar won the match, 3-2, but not before Lange took her to the limit and fellin the fifth game, 9-7. Classmate Sydney Scott also had a successful weekend, advancing to the semifinals where she lost to Kumar, 3-1.

Last year, the Bulldogs bested Penn, 7-2, at Ringe Courts. Alisha Turner and Emily Goodwin picked up the Red and Blue’s only victories, winning their matches, 3-0.

However, the defending national champs are not the Quakers’ only task this weekend. Sunday, Penn takes on No. 8 Brown (0-1, 0-1 Ivy). The Bears were shutout by Harvard in their season opener back on Nov. 19.

When they met last season, Penn bounced back from its defeat to Yale to shutdown the Bears the next day, 9-0. More impressive was that every Quaker won their match in straight sets.