Fresh off of a team training trip to Greece and riding the momentum from a 12-4 season, Princeton Women’s Squash look to replicate their success from last year, boasting seven clean 9-0 sweeps and reaching a national ranking of 3. The Tigers capped off their regular season matches with a thrilling 5-4 victory against Trinity, a historically strong team that looks to challenge Princeton again this season. “We hadn’t beaten them in a while, and they are always a really deep and experienced team of international players, so beating them 5-4 was an incredible way to end the regular season,” said junior Olivia Fiechter, who has played No. 1 on the ladder since her freshman year. The team graduated four seniors from last year, including Rachel Leizman and Tara Harrington who played in the starting lineup for all four years, Captain Libbie Maine, and Isabella Bersani who rounded out the bottom of the ladder. After losing such an integral class, the team looks to their freshman recruits Madison Soukup and Morgan Steelman to step in and fill their shoes. Soukup has been ranked as high as No. 4 at both the U15 and U17 levels nationally, and Steelman was ranked No. 1 at the U13, U15 and U17 age levels and reached No. 5 at U19.
Senior Caroline Joyce and sophomore Nicole Kalhorn handily defeated the ITA’s No. 4 doubles team of University of Michigan’s Brienne Minor and Mira Ruder-Hook 6-2 in the highlight of Princeton Women’s Tennis’ showing at the Wolverine Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan this past weekend.In Princeton’s only doubles win on Saturday, Joyce and Kalhorn opened the match with a decisive 3-0 lead before closing out the set, putting the pair up 4-2 this season.University of Miami and University of Washington also played in the invitational with three days of play from Friday to Sunday.Princeton picked up four of eight singles wins on Friday.
Facing off against the nation’s top ranked doubles team in the first round of the main doubles draw at the ITA All-American tournament on Thursday, senior Alex Day and junior Luke Gamble battled back from a 1-6 start to take the second set 6-3 and lead 12-11 in the deciding tiebreaker.With the match point resting on him, Day stepped in on his return to pound a backhand winner down the line and upset the No.