PHILADELPHIA – The first individual victory of the match set the tone for the Quakers, as the third-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team knocked off top-ranked Harvard, 5-4, Sunday afternoon inside the Ringe Squash Courts.
The Penn victory was its first over Harvard (3-1, 2-1 Ivy) since 2008, and extended the Quakers winning streak to seven matches, continuing their best start since the 2009-10 season.
Getting things started for Penn (7-0, 2-0 Ivy) was freshman Marie Stephan, who put together an emphatic 3-0 victory, displaying an abundance of determination and energy to the crowd and her teammates.
From there, sophomore Yan Xin Tan picked up a 3-2 victory in the No. 2 position, while senior captain Leslie Gill won a critical match, 3-0, in the ninth position.
Playing on courts side-by-side, freshman Melissa Alves battled to a five game 3-2 win. Moments later, sophomore Michelle Wong finished up her 3-2 win, clinching the victory for the Quakers.
The victory is just this sixth all-time for the Penn women over Harvard, and only the second time the team has won a home match over the Crimson.
The women will have little time to celebrate the victory, as they welcome No. 2 Trinity (6-0) to Ringe Courts on Wednesday afternoon, beginning at 4:00 p.m.