PHILADELPHIA - Women's squash certainly made a strong opening statement initsfirst match against No. 3 Princeton. The Quakers (1-0, 1-0 Ivy) picked up six wins inside the top-nine, including four wins that took the minimum three games. Starting out with the even numbered matches, Penn took an early 3-1 lead and followed that performance up with three more wins in the second round of matches to come away with the 6-3 win at home against Princeton (2-1, 0-1 Ivy).
To get the afternoon started on the right foot, Penn took the No. 2, 4, and 6 matches. Junior Rachael Goh picked up a hard-fought win at No. 2 against Elizabeth Eyre. Goh won her first game 11-9 and picked up an 11-5 win in the second. Her third game would also finish 11-9, giving her the wininthe top third of the ladder. Fellow junior Yarden Odinak also picked up a three-game victory. She started her match out with an 11-6 win in the first game and then picked up a tight 11-8 win in the second game to go up 2-0. She would then close out the match with her most convincing game on the day, 11-4.
Princeton got on the board with a win at No. 8, but Courtney Jones would swing the momentum back in Penn's favor with a huge five-game win at No. 6. Jones quickly got the 2-0 jump on her opponent with an 11-9 win in the first game and dominating 11-1 second game win. However, her opponent would pull out a pair of 12-10 victories in the third and fourth games to tie the match at two-all. The fifth game would also be a tightly contested affair, but Jones would prevail 11-8. This win gave Penn a 3-1 lead after four matches.
The Quakers would not have to wait much longer to get the two more needed victories as freshmen Colleen Fehm and Leslie Gill each pulled out 3-0 wins. Fehm, playing at No. 7 in her collegiate debut, had a tough match throughout. She took the first game in a 14-12 tiebreak and followed that up with an 11-9 win in the second. She would finish off the match with another tiebreak win, 12-10. Gill made her freshman debut at No. 9 and pulled out her first game with an 11-9 win. She followed that up with an 11-7 win in the second and 11-6 game in the third.
Pia Trikha would add another win to the Quakers' score with her victory at No. 3. She found herself down 1-0 early, but responded with an 11-9 win in the second game to tie her match at one. Trikha followed that up with a 12-10 tiebreak win in the third game to go up 2-1. With victory in sight, she put together her most impressive game of the day, winning 11-3. The Tigers would pick up victories at No. 1 and No. 5 in the final matches of the day, but by that time Penn had already secured the team victory.
After upsetting the third-ranked team in the country, Penn will surely look to be moving up when the next team rankings come out. Until that time, the Quakers will have just one more match on the women's side before breaking for the winter. They will be back in action next Saturday at the Ringe Squash Courts against Williams. That match will be played at 11 a.m. alongside the men's match.
Penn 6, Princeton 3
No. 1: Julie Cerullo (Prin) def. Nabilla Ariffin (Penn) (3-0), 11-4, 11-6, 11-7
No. 2: Rachael Goh (Penn) def. Elizabeth Eyre (Prin) (3-0), 11-9, 11-5, 11-9
No. 3: Pia Trikha (Penn) def. Katherine Giovinazzo (Prin) (3-1), 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-3
No. 4: Yarden Odinak (Penn) def. Hallie Dewey (Prin) (3-0), 11-6, 11-8, 11-4
No. 5: Alexis Saunders (Prin) def. Stephanie Vogel (Penn) (3-0), 12-10, 11-7, 11-9
No. 6: Courtney Jones (Penn) def. Alexandra Sawin (Prin) (3-2), 11-9, 11-1, 10-12, 10-12, 11-8
No. 7: Colleen Fehm (Penn) def. Alexandra Lunt (Prin) (3-0), 14-12, 11-9, 12-10
No. 8: Nicole Bunyan (Prin) def. Chloe Blacker (Penn) (3-1), 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-5
No. 9: Leslie Gill (Penn) def. Caroline Feeley (Prin) (3-0), 11-9, 11-7, 11-6
No. 10: Casey Cortes (Prin) def. Lindsay Wong (Penn) (3-2), 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3