Cambridge, Mass. – The Trinity College Bantams battled their way to a 6-3 victory over the University of Pennsylvania Quakers in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Championship (Howe Cup) Quarterfinals this afternoon at Harvard University's Brady Courts. Trinity, ranked No. 5 in the nation and seeded No. 5 in the tournament, improves to 16-3 and advances to the CSA Semifinals tomorrow against the top-seeded and host Harvard Crimson at 1:30 p.m. No. 4-seeded Penn drops to 8-4 and will enter the consolation bracket. Harvard won, 9-0, against Dartmouth in its semifinal match today.
Trinity took a 3-0 lead after the first wave, as first-year Ashley Tidman (Lamor-Plage, France) took care of Pia Trikha in the No. 3 match, 3-0, followed by a 3-1 win by Bantam rookie Chanel Erasmus (Cape Town, South Africa) in the No. 9 match, and a 3-2 triumph by junior Robyn Hodgson (Aberdeen, Scotland) in the No. 6 match. Bantam sophomore Jennifer Pelletier (Richmond Hill, Ontario) outlasted Penn's Courtney Jones, 3-1, in the No. 5 match with 12-10 wins in the third and fourth games to salvage one of three matches in the second wave. Trinity sophomore Catalina Pelaez (Bogota, Colombia) and senior Andrea Echeverria (San Salvador, El Salvador) made quick work of their opponents in the No. 1 and No. 7 matches, respectively, to put the Quakers away for the second time this season. Trinity had edged Pennsylvania, 5-4, during the regular season in Hartford.