PHILADELPHIA – The third-ranked Quakers (7-2, 1-2 Ivy) will head up north for three matches this weekend, and will look to bounce back from a tough loss to No. 1 Princeton (6-0, 3-0) on Wednesday night. Saturday begins at 11 a.m. against No. 9 Brown (10-1, 1-1) in Providence, R.I. That match will be followed by an afternoon battle against seventh-ranked Stanford (7-3) at 3 p.m. Penn will head back towards Philadelphia on Sunday, stopping in New Haven, Conn., for a noon matchup with No. 5 Yale (9-1, 2-0).
The morning edition of the Red and Blue’s Saturday doubleheader pits them against the Bears, whose sole loss of the season came at Cornell (9-2, 2-1) in Ithaca, N.Y. on Jan. 13, 9-0. As for Penn, it’s only two losses came against two top-ranked teams – the No. 1 Tigers, and now-No. 2 Harvard (7-1, 2-1).
The Quakers lead the all-time series with Brown, 23-15, and are looking to even their Ivy record at two apiece by extending their current series win-streak to 12 in a row. The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 4 of last season in Philadelphia when the Quakers won, 8-1. The Ivy foes share just two common opponents – both victories for each team – to this point in the season in NESCAC squads Williams (13-8, 6-0) and Bates (5-9, 3-2).
This will be the eighth all-time meeting between the two programs, and the Quakers have never lost to Stanford, holding a 7-0 series edge. The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 4 of last season in Philadelphia, 6-3, with all six wins coming from players on this season’s roster – Rachael Goh, Nabilla Ariffin, Pia Trikha, Yarden Odinak, Stephanie Vogel and Chloe Blacker.
The Cardinal has seen more Ivy opponents than Penn to this point in the season, splitting their outcomes 2-2 – they lost to Cornell and Yale, but defeated Dartmouth (4-5, 0-3) and Columbia (3-6, 0-3). Stanford’s third loss was in its most recent match, falling to Trinity (11-1, 4-0 NESCAC), 7-2 – the Bantams’ lone loss came against Penn. Both the Quakers and Stanford have beaten Williams and Bates as well.
Penn will face both Brown and Stanford at the Kate Brodsky Memorial Squash Pavilion in Providence.
Penn will continue its weekend in New Haven against the Bulldogs on Sunday. Yale will be heading into the match fresh off its clash with top-ranked Princeton – the Bulldogs and Tigers are the two remaining Ivy teams without a conference loss. Yale’s two Ivy wins came against Cornell and Columbia.
The Bulldogs hold a 30-15 series lead over the Quakers – the two most recent meetings have also gone to Yale. When the series started, the Bulldogs had a stranglehold on Penn until the mid ’90s, but starting in ’96, the Red and Blue have gone 14-8 against Yale. It has also been very close lately, with three of the last four matches decided by 5-4 final scores.
The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 5 of last season in Philadelphia when the Quakers fell, 5-4. The bottom of the ladder stepped up in the match, with positions four, five, seven, and nine, getting the wins. Yale’s only loss this season was a 5-4 decision to Trinity on Jan. 23, which gives Penn another boost heading into Sunday. The Feb. 3 match will get underway at noon at the Brady Squash Center.