The third-ranked Princeton women's squash team put a bow on the 2018 portion of its season with an impressive 9-0 sweep of ninth-ranked Drexel Wednesday night at the Jadwin Squash Courts.
Princeton was dominant at both the top and bottom of the lineup, but there were a pair of good battles in the middle. Sophomore Emme Leonard
was pushed to a fifth game at the #6 position by Ona Prokes, but she came out strong in the finale to take an 11-6 win.
"Playing Drexel is always a competitive match for my team, however, my teammates and I showed up ready to play," Leonard said. "Today I played someone who I had competed against several times throughout Junior Squash, and my match today proved to be another battle against Ona. After dropping the first game, I managed to get my feet under me and continued to put up a fight in the next four games. I won in the fifth game, but I'm now excited to get back on court and get ready for our next match against Trinity soon."
Senior Samantha Chai
came out later in the match with a tough battle at the #4 position. She fought through a marathon 14-12 second game to open a 2-0 lead, and after dropping an 11-9 game, she battled deep once again and clinched the match with a 14-12 win in the fourth.
"She had really good hands, so I was focusing on keeping the balls in the corners and running down all of her shots," Chai said after her tough victory over Mariam Kamal. "I was excited to come back from 10-4 down in the second game and use that momentum to win my match in four games."
Senior co-captain Izzy Hirshberg dropped only six points in her win at the #9 spot, while freshmen Bubble Lui
(#1) and Elle Ruggiero
(#3) dropped only seven points apiece in their matches at the top of the lineup.
The Tigers' next match may be more than a month away, but it will be one of the most anticipated of the season. Third-ranked Princeton will head to Hartford, Connecticut on Jan. 10 to face second-ranked Trinity; when those teams met during the 2018 regular season, the Tigers rallied from a 4-1 deficit at home to claim a 5-4 win.
PRINCETON 9, DREXEL 0
1 – Bubble Lui
(P) d. Anna Hughes 3, 1, 3
2 – Raneem El Torky
(P) d. Hannah Blatt 7, 7, 7
3 – Elle Ruggiero
(P) d. Brooke Herring 5, 2, 0
4 – Samantha Chai
(P) d. Mariam Kamal 5, 12, (9), 11
5 – Grace Doyle
(P) d. Stephanie Ryan 3, 7, 5
6 – Emme Leonard
(P) d. Ona Prokes (8), 7, 7, (5), 6
7 – Morgan Steelman
(P) d. Fiona Power 10, 2, 12
8 – Andrea Toth
(P) d. Apoorva Addepalli 2, 2, 5
9 – Izzy Hirshberg (P) d. Emma Macgillivray 0, 3, 3