Philadelphia, Pa. - Sophomore Anna Kimberley (Colchester, England) won a grueling five-setter in the deciding match to break a 4-4 tie and lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 5-4 victory over the University of Pennsylvania Quakers in women's squash action this afternoon. Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, improves to 8-0 and the top-ranked Quakers lose their first game of the year to drop to 7-1. The Quakers had downed then-top-ranked Harvard, 5-4, on Sunday, making today's match a showdown for the No. 1 spot in the next College Squash Association (CSA) National Poll.
Kimberley dropped her first game, 12-10, against Pennsylvania freshman Melissa Alves and the players went back and forth at the No. 3 position with four consective 11-6 tallies, but Kimberley came out on top. Trinity also won at the top-two sports in the ladder, and at No. 6 and No. 7, as rookies Raneem Sharaf (Giza, Egypt) and Salma El Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt) also pulled out crucial five-set matches. Bantam junior Kanzy El Derawy (Cairo, Egypt) won, 3-0, over Anaka Alankamony in the No. 1 match and senior co-captain Natalie Babjukova (Prague, Czech Republic) did the same in the No. 7 match.