Women's Squash Shows No Let Up, Defeats GW, Stanford

PHILADELPHIA - If there was any fear that the Penn women's squash team would be complacent after a riveting, come-from-behind victory over Princeton on Wednesday, it was abated Saturday as the Quakers defeated both George Washington and Stanford, 9-0. All nine pairings in each match was a 3-0 sweep for the Quakers.

In their first year as a varsity program, the George Washington Colonials came into Ringe Courts to take on the Quakers first. Taking advantage of the opportunity to mix up their lineup, Penn rested many of its top players. Christina Matthias, playing at No. 2, dispatched her opponent with ease, winning 9-0, 9-1, 9-0. Emily Goodwin at No. 4 did the same, winning 9-1, 9-0, 9-2.

Senior co-captain Elizabeth Kern grabbed a quick lead in her match and did not let up, winning 9-1, 9-2, 9-1. Anita Sellers put the Quakers up 4-0 overall when she prevailed in her match, 9-0, 9-2, 9-0.

The winner of the clincher against Princeton, Tara Chawla moved up to the No. 1 position against George Washington and emerged with a 9-3, 9-5, 9-5 win. Freshman Annie Madeira won at No. 3, 9-1, 9-2, 9-0.

Lauralynn Drury, the other senior co-captain, claimed a 9-5, 9-1, 9-3 triumph at No. 5. Senior Chloe Wynne was the next to take a sweep, winning 9-3, 9-2, 9-3. At No. 9, Allie Friedman closed out the Quakers' perfect match in style, winning 9-1, 9-0, 9-0.

With the George Washington match behind them, the Quakers turned their attention toSanford. AlthoughStanford is only a second-year varsity program, head coach Mark Talbott has the Cardinal ranked sixth in the nation coming into Philadelphia.

Before the match could begin, head coach Jack Wyant and his team honored the three Quaker seniors who were about to play their final match at Ringe Courts. Seniors Chloe Wynne and co-captains Lauralynn Drury and Elizabeth Kern were introduced and presented with flowers by junior teammates Emily Goodwin, Alisha Turner, and Tara Chawla. The seniors, who arrived on the scene at Penn at the same time as Coach Wyant, were not about to let their perfect senior campaign experience any blemishes at home.

At No. 8, Goodwin was the first Quaker off the court as she got the team off to a solid start with a 9-0, 9-2, 9-2 victory. Not far behind her was Chawla at No. 4 (9-1, 9-3, 9-3) and Turner at No. 2 (9-3, 9-2, 9-7).

Christina Matthias rolled to a 2-0 lead early in her match at No. 6, winning the first two games 9-1, 9-0. The third game was a battle though, one of the few in the match that proved to be so for Penn. After falling behind 8-6, Matthias rallied to tie the game at eight. Her opponent, Shannon Harrington, managed to break her serve, but Matthias took it right back and finished the match off with a 10-8 victory.

Playing at No. 10, Elizabeth Kern finished her home career in style when she slammed the door shut on Stanford's Stephanie Kwok, winning 9-1, 9-3, 9-3. Following her on the court was fellow senior co-captain Lauralynn Drury, who matched her classmate's performance when she won 9-1, 9-1, 9-2. Chloe Wynne, playing at No. 11, made the seniors three-for-three on Senior Day when she claimed a 9-6, 6-9, 9-4, 9-1 victory.

While the seniors were wrapping up their last season at Ringe in a successful fashion, freshman Annie Madeira showed no signs of hitting a wall late in her first collegiate campaign. Madeira, playing at No. 7, never let her opponent settle in as she ran out to a 9-2, 9-1, 9-3 victory.

The most dominating victory of the day came at No. 5, where Britt Hebden allowed just one point en route to a 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 victory. Sydney Scott grabbed a 9-4, 9-3, 9-1 victory at No. 3, and Kristen Lange, the nation's second-ranked player, showed why she earned that distinction when she got stronger as the match went along, winning 9-7, 9-2, 9-1.

Although their home schedule is complete, the Quakers still have two more matches in the regular season. Next weekend, they will travel to Harvard on Saturday at noon before continuing on to Dartmouth at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

GEORGE WASHINGTON RESULTS

1. Tara Chawla def. Rachael Rayfield, 3-0. 9-3, 9-5, 9-5.

2. Christina Matthias def. Kate Bullard, 3-0. 9-0, 9-1, 9-0.

3. Annie Madeira def. Chelsea Mouta, 3-0. 9-1, 9-2, 9-0.

4. Emily Goodwin def. Kara Popowich, 3-0. 9-1, 9-0, 9-2.

5. Lauralynn Drury def. Alexa Miller, 3-0. 9-5, 9-1, 9-3.

6. Elizabeth Kern def. Eliza Ehrlich, 3-0. 9-1, 9-2, 9-1.

7. Chloe Wynne def. Mallory Ward, 3-0. 9-3, 9-2, 9-3.

8. Anita Sellers def. T.T. Pasanen, 3-0. 9-0, 9-2, 9-0.

9. Allie Friedman def. Chrissy Wallace, 3-0. 9-1, 9-0, 9-0.

STANFORD RESULTS

1. Kristen Lange def. Lily Lorentzen, 3-0. 9-7, 9-2, 9-1.

2. Alisha Turner def. Katy Brewster, 3-0. 9-3, 9-2, 9-7.

3. Sydney Scott def. Samantha Buechner, 3-0. 9-4, 9-3, 9-1.

4. Tara Chawla def. Cecilia Haig, 3-0. 9-1, 9-3, 9-3.

5. Britt Hebden def. Elizabeth Riley, 3-0. 9-1, 9-0, 9-0.

6. Christina Matthias def. Shannon Harrington, 3-0. 9-1, 9-0, 10-8.

7. Annie Madeira def. Pamela Sherwood, 3-0. 9-2, 9-1, 9-3.

8. Emily Goodwin def. Esther Cheng, 9-0, 9-2, 9-2.

9. Lauralynn Drury def. Karissa Hazy, 3-0. 9-1, 9-1, 9-2.

10. Elizabeth Kern def. Stephanie Kwok, 3-0. 9-1, 9-3, 9-3.

11. Chloe Wynne def. Cameron Orrnsby, 3-1. 9-6, 6-9, 9-4, 9-1.

12. Anita Sellers def. Alisa Royer, 3-0. 9-2, 9-3, 9-2.

13. Alisa Royer def. Allie Friedman, 3-2. 0-9, 9-6, 9-2, 7-9, 9-4.