PHILADELPHIA –No. 12 Penn (3-7, 0-3 Ivy) will travel north this weekend for two Ivy League matches in hopes of earning its first conference win. On Saturday, the Quakers will head to Providence, R.I. for a 1 p.m. match against No. 18 Brown (6-5, 0-2) – the Bears are the only other team without a win in the Ivy League. On Sunday, the Quakers will be in New Haven, Conn. for a noon match against fourth-ranked Yale (8-1, 2-0). The Bulldogs will be fresh off their match with No. 1 Princeton (7-0, 3-0).
The Quakers lead the all-time series against the Bears, 25-1, and haven’t lost to them since Feb. 25, 2000 when Brown won a match at the Hoehn Cup, 5-4, for its only series win. The last time the two programs met was in Philadelphia on Feb. 4 of last season. The Red and Blue dispatched the Bears, 7-2, with five wins coming from members of the current roster – Derek Chilvers, Justin Ang, Michael Mutscheller, Jack Maine, and Oscar Mattsson.
Brown and Penn have only two common opponents to this point in the season, but they share common results – both teams fell to Williams (12-8, 6-0 NESCAC), and both bested Bates (10-8, 4-2 NESCAC). The Bears two conference losses came early in the season against Columbia (6-5, 1-2) and Cornell (11-2, 2-1), but they have yet to face the top three teams, Princeton, Yale (8-1, 2-0), and Harvard (10-1, 2-1).
The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will be at the Kate Brodsky Memorial Squash Pavilion.
The fourth-ranked Bulldogs await Penn on Sunday for a noon match at the Brady Squash Center. Yale is one of two Ivy League teams that remain undefeated in conference play – top-ranked Princeton is the other – but that will change on Saturday when the two teams meet prior to Penn’s meeting with the Bulldogs.
The Quakers trail, 53-22, in the all-time series, and their last win over Yale was a 6-3 decision in New Haven on Dec. 2, 2006. The two teams’ most recent clash came on Feb. 5 of last season in Philadelphia. Penn fell, 8-1, with its only win coming in five games at No. 1 from graduated All-American Thomas Mattsson.
The Bulldogs’ only loss came at the hands of second-ranked Trinity (11-0, 4-0 NESCAC), 5-4. Penn and Yale share two common opponents to this point in addition to the Bantams – Yale is undefeated against those teams, where the Quakers are winless. The Bulldogs’ two Ivy wins came against Cornell and Columbia earlier this season.