NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Penn women's squash team defeated Cornell, 6-3, in the first round of the Howe Cup Friday afternoon on the campus of Yale University. The Quakers advance to the semifinals, facing No. 2 Trinity tomorrow at 2 p.m.
"Cornell came to play today," said Coach Jack Wyant. The Big Red took a 2-1 lead in the first shift, but Penn fought back to tie the match 3-3 at the end of the second. With the pressure on, the Quakers swept up the final three matches to take the next step towards the Howe Cup.
The Red and Blue earned 3-0 wins from No. 1 senior Kristen Lange, No. 4 freshman Rachael Goh, No. 7 Annie Madeira, No. 8 senior Christina Matthias, and No. 9 freshman Pia Trikha. Freshman Yarden Odinak also won her match with a 3-1 victory in the No. 5 spot after bouncing back froma onegame deficit to defeat Liza Stokes, 11-8, 13-11, and 11-7.
The rematches from the Nov. 21 meeting brought the closest contests of the day, as well as Cornell's three wins in the lineup. With the same results as last time, freshman Nabilla Ariffin fell to Jamie Laird in the No. 2 position, while senior Sydney Scott lost a back-and-forth battle, 3-1,to Shivangi Paranjpe at No. 3. Britt Hebden played four close hard-fought games in the No. 6 position, but unfortunately came out on the wrong side of her rematch with Rachel Wagner, 3-1.
Trinity swept Stanford, 9-0, to move on to tomorrow's semifinal against Penn. On the other side of the bracket, No. 1 Harvard won 9-0 over Williams, while Yale topped Princeton, 6-3.
Tomorrow, the Quakers look to get their revengeover the Bantamsafter falling, 5-4,on Trinity's home courtsJan. 23. The match will be webcasted on the CSA's site. Click here to watch live.
No. 1 Kristen Lange (P) def. Rebecca Hazell (C), 3-0 (11-5,11-7,11-9)
No. 2 Jaime Laird (C) def. Nabilla Ariffin (P), 3-1 (8-11,11-5,12-10,11-6)
No. 3 Shivangi Paranjpe (C) def. Sydney Scott (P), 3-1 (11-9,8-11,11-8,11-9)
No. 4 Rachael Goh (P) def. Jenn Gemmell (C), 3-0 (11-2,11-5,11-7)
No. 5 Yarden Odinak (P) def. Liza Stokes (C), 3-1 (9-11,11-8,13-11,11-7)
No. 6 Rachel Wagner (C) def. Britt Hebden (P), 3-1 (14-12,11-7,9-11,12-10)
No. 7 Annie Madeira (P) def. Lauren Sachvie (C), 3-0 (11-8,11-7,11-8)
No. 8 Christina Matthias (P) def. Maxi Prinsen (C), 3-0 (11-9,11-7,11-9)
No. 9 Pia Trikha (P) def. Maggie Remsen (C), 3-0 (11-8,11-7,11-7)
No.10 Stephanie Vogel (P) def. Lexi Glassman (C), 3-1 (11-3,6-11,11-5,11-9)