PHILADELPHIA - The eighth-ranked Quakers travel up to Boston this weekend to take part in the Eric Sollee Invitational, held all day Sunday at MIT.
The Red and Blue are 6-4 on the season after going 2-3 at the Penn State Invitational last weekend. Penn lost its first three matches on the day, but rebounded with a pair on convincing victories over Drew and North Carolina. The Quakers dropped close matches against No. 2 Penn State, No. 7 Temple and Duke before taking down the Tar Heels 23-4 and then finishing the day with a 27-0 blanking of Drew.
This weekend the Red and Blue fence a number of talented teams as they face Boston College, Brown, Brandeis, Harvard, MIT and NYU. Third-ranked Harvard is expected to the toughest opponent for Penn after coming off a weekend in which the Crimson fenced five top-ten teams at the St. John's Super Cup. The team earned victories over No. 2 Penn State (15-12) and No. 5 St. John's (16-11) while falling to top-ranked Notre Dame (16-11), No. 10 Ohio State (18-9) and No. 6 Columbia (14-13). Last year the Quakers beat Harvard 17-10 in their opening bout of the Ivy League Championships.
At the Eric Sollee Invitational last year, the Red and Blue went 4-1 with victories over Boston College (20-7), MIT (15-12), NYU (20-7) and Tufts (24-3). Penn's lone defeat was a 14-13 decision to Brandeis. Senior Danielle Kamis was a perfect 15-0 in sabre on the day while junior Laura Paragano was 13-2 in foil. The Quakers also beat Brown last year, taking down the Bears 19-8 on the final day of the Ivy Championships.