The Series with
Series Record: Harvard leads 38-5
At Harvard: Harvard owns a 15-2 advantage
Last Season: Harvard won at Penn, 5-4
Current Streak: Harvard has won the last four meetings
Last Penn win: February 8, 2008 at Harvard, 5-4
- The 2010-11 season was the first time in three seasons the teams did not meet in the Howe Cup
- Each of Penn's five series wins have come since 2000.
The Series with
Series Record: Penn leads 24-20
At Dartmouth: Penn is 9-6
Last Season: Penn won at home, 9-0, & at the Howe Cup, 8-1
Current Streak: Penn has won the last eight meetings
Last Dartmouth win: February 20, 2005 in Howe Cup, 7-2
Last Dartmouth win at Dartmouth: February 10, 2002, 6-3
- Last season was the first time Penn played Dartmouth at the Howe Cup since 2006
- Head Coach Jack Wyant has not lost to the Dartmouth women since his first season at Penn (8-2 overall)
- Four of the last six meetings have been 9-0 sweeps in favor of Penn
PHILADELPHIA - After taking the first two matches of the season during an abbreviated 2011 portion of the schedule, women's squash resumes action with its first road trip. The Ivy weekend gets underway with the Quakers taking on top-ranked Harvard at 1 p.m. Saturday before traveling to No. 8 Dartmouth for a noon match on Sunday. On both days, the women's matches will take place alongside the men's play.
Playing a top-tier team after an extended break is something that the Quakers have already dealt with this season. To begin this season, Penn opened with then-No. 3 Princeton and came away with the 6-3 win, exacting some revenge from the Howe Cup defeat a season ago.
Playing at the top of the ladder for each of the first two matches this season have been the five members of the junior class. Three of the returning All-Americans from this class - Rachael Goh (No. 2), Pia Trikha (No. 3), and Yarden Odinak (No. 4) - have each gotten their seasons off to a perfect 2-0 start. Fellow juniors, second-team All-American Nabilla Ariffin (No. 1) and Stephanie Vogel (No. 5), have split their first two matches and are both coming off 3-0 sweeps against Williams.
Two sophomores and two freshmen have rounded out the top-nine in each of the first two contests. Sophomore Courtney Jones (No. 6), along with freshmen Colleen Fehm (No. 7) and Leslie Gill (No. 8) are also 2-0, giving Penn six unbeaten players after two matches. Sophomore Chloe Blacker is 1-1 so far this season after allowing just four points in her win against Williams to even up her record.
As a team, Penn is 15-3 in matches played inside the top-nine. The Quakers will need each of those nine on Saturday as Harvard (7-0, 1-0 Ivy) comes into the match as the top-ranked team. The Quakers and Crimson have just one common opponent on the young season in Williams. Both squads defeated the Ephs 9-0 in December.
Penn's returning players at the top of the ladder will certainly be tested as Harvard has not dropped any of the matches at No. 1 through No. 6. The Crimson are also 6-1 in matches played at No. 7 and No. 8. At the top of the ladder is two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Laura Gemmel. The junior has compiled a 35-1 record to date.
A season ago, Penn hosted Harvard and nearly upset the Crimson at the Ringe Squash Courts. The Quakers picked up three sweep wins, but Harvard won two of the three matches that went the full five games to escape with the 5-4 victory.
Dartmouth (1-1, 0-1 Ivy) will also provide Penn with another challenge as the Big Green are currently rated amongst the top-eight teams. Dartmouth is coming off an 8-1 defeat at the hands of Harvard before breaking over the holidays. The Big Green will play Princeton Saturday before the matchup with Penn to close the weekend. Katheryn Nimmo (No. 8/9) was the lone Dartmouth player to win the last time out and is currently 2-0 on the season.
Last season, Penn downed Dartmouth 9-0 in the regular season meeting between the squads with Dartmouth managing just four games in the top-nine. The two teams met again in the first round consolations at the Howe cup. In that game, Penn came away with the 8-1 victory to move into the fifth-place match.
After the Ivy League weekend, the Quakers will return home next Thursday for a non-conference match against Franklin & Marshall.