PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The No. 5 Virginia women’s squash team (14-5) earned its second-straight top-five win after winning 5-4 over No. 4 Drexel (11-5) on Friday afternoon at the 2023 CSA Championships.

The win was UVA’s first over Drexel and the first win in the opening round of the CSA Championship Howe Cup A Division in program history.

It all came down to the final match on court six as UVA and Drexel were knotted up 4-4. Virginia’s Sydney Maxwell dropped the first game but came back to win her next three to top Drexel’s Emma Bartley and clinch the win for UVA.

Olivia Walsh and Lina Tammam opened the match with wins at three and five for the Cavaliers. Walsh cruised to a 3-0 win at the five position and Tammam also won 3-0 at three.

Meagan Best gave UVA its third win of the match with a 3-1 victory at the No. 1 position. Maria Moya won her first two games before dropping the third but Moya came back for an 11-8 win in the fourth to take the 3-1 win at two and tie the match up.

Drexel picked up wins at four, seven, eight and nine.


The Cavaliers advance to the second round to face 1-seed Trinity on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Arlen Specter Center in Philadelphia, Pa.