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PHILADELPHIA – It
will be a double-dose of top ranked squash teams for Penn on Wednesday when the
men and women travel north on I-95 to Princeton, N.J. The Tigers are the No. 1
ranked team in both the men’s and women’s Dunlop College Squash Team Rankings
after matching wins over Harvard. The women’s match will get underway first at
5 p.m. at the Jadwin Squash Courts, and the men will close the night at approximately
This will be a battle between two of the top teams in the
country as Penn comes in ranked thid after a huge win over then-No. 4 – now
No. 5 – Trinity (Yale's loss at No. 3 helped as well). The loss was the Bantams’ first of the season and was good
enough to give the Quakers that extra push to climb past the No. 5 spot in the
rankings – a spot where they had sat since the beginning of the season.
The Red and Blue will head into Wednesday’s match riding
high after their thrilling win over Trinity, which was highlighted by their
young talent. Freshmen Yan Xin (No. 2), Haidi Lala (No. 4), and Camille Lanier
(No. 8) each won their matches, with Lanier’s five-game victory proving to be
the most pivotal on the day. In addition, tri-captain Pia Trikha and Chloe
Blacker were able to secure wins, maintaining their perfect individual records
on the year. Lastly, Courtney Jones finished the night off with her fourth win
of the season.
Penn isn’t the only squad entering the match after a huge,
upset victory. Princeton managed to take down last season’s Howe Cup champion
Harvard, and unseat the Crimson from the No. 1 ranking with a tight 5-4 win,
making the jump all the way from No. 4 to the top spot.
Despite trailing in the all-time series, 41-7, Penn has had
the advantage of late, winning three of the last four matches. The last time
the two programs met, Penn came away victorious at home on Dec. 3 of last
season, 6-3. The last time they visited Jadwin, the Quakers fell, 7-2, in a
first-round Howe Cup match.
It will be another tough test for the No. 12 Quakers against
top-ranked Princeton. Penn is fresh off a heartbreaking, 9-0, defeat at the
hands of second-ranked Trinity. Despite playing long points with extensive
volleys in most matches, the Red and Blue’s effort was not reflected by the
score – Daniel Judd, Tyler Odell, and senior captain Danny Greenberg were the only
three Quakers that managed to win a few games for Penn.
As for the Tigers, much like their female counterparts, they
bested the Crimson, 5-4, in their most recent match. But unlike the Princeton
women, the men were favored to win the night as the higher ranked team, and
entered the match as the defending Ivy League and Potter Cup Champions. The men
downed the Crimson, and first time this century Princeton has the top-ranked
team in both men’s and women’s college squash.
The last time the two teams met was on Dec. 3 of last season
in Philadelphia. The Quakers fell, 9-0, and now trail Princeton, 80-11, in the
all-time series. Penn has won four matches as the visitor and will look to earn
its first victory in the series since 1974.