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.