Ithaca, N.Y. - Junior No. 8 Jennifer Pelletier (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and sophomore No. 4 Ashley Tidman (Lamor-Plage, France) each won 3-2 matches with the team decision on the line, as the visiting Trinity College Bantams rallied back from a 4-1 deficit to upend the Cornell Universuty Big Red in women's squash action this afternoon on Belkin Courts. Trinity, ranked No. 4 in the nation, improves to 11-1 with its second straight victory, while the No. 6-ranked Big Red drops to 9-2. The Bantams also improbe to 10-0 all-time against Cornell.
Three of the Big Red's four points came in five-game matches, including two matches in the first rotation to give the hosts an early 2-1 lead. Both No. 3 Jaime Laird and No. 9 Laura Caty stormed back to win the final two games if their respective matches. Trinity sophomore No. 6 Natalie Babjukova (Prague, Czech Republic) remained undefeated with a 3-0 win. Cornell sophomore Rachel Au was the Big Red's third five-game winner, outlasting Bantam senior tri-captain Robyn Hodgson (Aberdeen, Scotland) at the No. 5 spot, 11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 12-14, 11-6. Junior Jessenia Pacheco then put Cornell within one point of a victory with a four-game victory over Trinity junior tri-captain Catalina Pelaez (Bogota, Colombia) at No. 2.
Pelletier won at No. 8 in a match with five easy victories, winning the first two games, 11-4 each, dropping the next two, 11-6, and, 11-5, before winning the clincher, 11-4. Trailing, 4-2, the Bantams swept the final rotation, including 3-0 triumphs by rookies Kanzy El-Defrawy (Cairo, Egypt) and Sachika Balvani (Mumbai, India) at No. 1 and No. 7-respectively.
1. TC- Kanzy El-Defrawy d. Danielle Letourneau, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
2. C- Jessenia Pacheco d. Catalina Pelaez, 12-10, 4-11, 11-5, 11-6
3. C- Jaime Laird d. Wee Nee Low, 11-8, 5-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9
4. TC- Ashley Tidman d. Abbey Foster, 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7
5. C- Rachel Au d. Robyn Hodgson, 11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 12-14, 11-6
6. TC- Natalie Babjukova d. Lindsay Seginson, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4
7. TC- Sachika Balvani d. Maggie Remsen, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6
8. TC- Jennifer Pelletier d. Brynn Daniels, 11-4, 11-4, 6-11, 5-11, 11-4
9. C- Laura Caty d. Chanel Erasmus, 13-11, 11-7, 11-9
Trinity (Conn.) 5, Cornell 4