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Penn Quaker Women's Squash win first ever national championship, defeating Princeton 5-4
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Junior Helen Bamber (Zimbabwe) defeated Liz Kelly, 3-0 at the No. 4 position, in the final match of the afternoon as Penn women's squash edged Princeton, 5-4, giving the Quakers their first-ever Howe Cup national championship Sunday afternoon at Yale.
The win capped a perfect season for Penn, as the Quakers finished 11-0 overall and captured their first Ivy League and regular-season national championships.
The Quakers held a 4-3 lead with the No. 4 and 7 matches on court. Senior Paige Kollock (Wyndmoor, Pa.) fell, 3-2, at No. 7, but kept the pressure off of Bamber by being on court at the same time, and the junior cruised to the three-game win, 9-4, 9-0, 9-4.
"The players have done a great job all year long," said Penn Head Coach Demer Holleran, a member of Princeton's 1989 national championship team. "This is the first national title for our players, so it's really exciting."
Freshman Runa Reta (Ottawa, Ontario) defeated Meredith Quick, 3-0, at No. 2 and junior Lauren Patrizio (Philadelphia, Pa.) shutout Emily Eynon, 9-0, 9-5, 9-0 at the No. 5 spot. Also claiming 3-0 wins were sophomore Chrissy Eynon (Cincinnati, Ohio), sister of Emily, and senior Patti Lin (Toms River, N.J.) at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively.
Penn 5, Princeton 4