PHILADELPHIA – Penn’s men’s and women’s squash teams with make their first-ever trip to Columbia on Friday when they visit Lions at SL Green StreetSquash Center in New York City. Following their trip, the Quakers will return to Philadelphia for their final home matches of the season when Cornell visits Ringe on Sunday. The match against the Big Red will also be the last career-home match for Penn’s six seniors.
Third-ranked Penn (10-2, 3-2 Ivy) hits the road on Friday for a match against No. 12 Columbia (3-8, 0-5) in the Big Apple. The two teams have met once since the Lions promotion to varsity status two seasons ago – a 9-0 win for the Red and Blue in Philadelphia.
Following its match against the Lions, Penn will host sixth-ranked Cornell (11-3, 3-2) in Philadelphia on Sunday for Senior Day. The Red and Blue will celebrate five members of the squad playing in their final home matches in Nabilla Ariffin (4-5, 1-3), Rachael Goh (6-3, 2-2), Yarden Odinak (4-4, 2-3), Pia Trikha (6-2, 2-2) and Stephanie Vogel (8-0, 3-0) – Ariffin, Trikha and Vogel currently serve as the team’s tri-captains.
The Quakers have won 13 in a row against the Big Red, most recently besting them twice in a two-week span at the tail end of last season – both were 7-2 victories. Penn leads the all-time series, 30-2, and has never lost to Cornell in Philadelphia.
The Big Red will host top-ranked Princeton (9-0, 5-0) on Friday and No. 14 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday before its match against Penn, and a Cornell loss to the Tigers could leave the Quakers in sole possession of third place in the Ivy League when they meet on Sunday.
The No. 12 Red and Blue (4-8, 1-4) will head up to New York City on Friday to face 11th-ranked Columbia (6-7, 1-4). The two teams have met twice since Columbia’s promotion to varsity status, with Penn winning each. Both meetings took place last season, and the Quakers won, 7-2, in Philadelphia and 8-1 at the Hoehn Cup just nine days later. This will be the Red and Blue’s first experience playing against the Lions as the road team.
Senior Day at the Ringe Courts follows on Sundy when the Quakers welcome fifth-ranked Cornell (13-3, 3-2) to Philadelphia on Sunday for a noon start. The Big Red will be fresh off two days of matches, first against No. 1 Princeton (9-0, 5-0) on Friday in Ithaca, N.Y. and then at seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.
Penn holds a 43-18 series lead over Cornell all-time, but will look to break a fave-match losing streak against the Big Red. Sunday will also feature senior captain Danny Greenberg, who will be playing in the final home match of his Quaker career – the Main Line native of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. is the sole senior on the men’s squad.
Action will get underway at 6:30 p.m. in New York on Friday night, and then at noon on Sunday in Philadelphia.