PHILADELPHIA – The third-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s squash had little rest, or time to celebrate its victory over No. 1 ranked Harvard on Sunday, instead turning its focus to the next opponent, second-ranked Trinity.
The Quakers picked up their first victory over Harvard since 2008, and extended their winning streak to seven matches on Sunday, continuing their best start since the 2009-10 season.
Now, Penn (7-0, 2-0 Ivy) will play its most important non-league match of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the defending national champion Bantams (7-0). Before facing the Red and Blue, Trinity defeatedPhiladelphia neighbor Drexel, 9-0,on Tuesday.
The Penn and Trinity women’s match will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, inside the Ringe Squash Courts, preceding the men’s matches beginning at 6:30 p.m.
SCOUTING TRINITY: Beginning the season with six wins, Trinity and Penn have faced three common opponents thus far, with both teams going 3-0 against those teams (Bates, Bowdoin, Dartmouth). The Bantams return six players that defeated Penn 6-3 a year ago, led by Kanzy El Defrawy, Anna Kimberley, and Ashley Tidman.
THE SERIES WITH TRINITY: The Quakers trail the overall series with Trinity, 16-33. Penn’s last victory came in a 6-3 decision in 2013. The Red and Blue fell to the Bantams twice last season, once in the regular season and once in the Potter Cup, by an identical 6-3 score. The Quakers are 6-10 all-time at home against Trinity.
THE CLINCHER AGAINST HARVARD: Playing in the No. 5 position on the ladder, sophomore Michelle Wong clinched the winning point against Harvard in a five game individual victory. Not knowing at the time it was overall winner, Wong realized it only once her teammates told her during the celebration. Click here to view the final point and celebration on Penn Athletics Instagram.
JUST AS IMPORTANT: Setting the tone for Penn against Harvard was freshman Marie Stephan, who put together an emphatic 3-0 victory, displaying an abundance of determination and energy to the crowd and her teammates, in earning the first individual win of the day for the Quakers. The other key wins for Penn came from junior Yan Xin Tan in the second position, freshman Melissa Alves in the fourth position, and senior captain Leslie Gill in the ninth position.
OFF TO A GREAT START: Buried in the excitement of knocking off the No. 1 team in the country, the Penn women are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season when the Quakers began the season with nine straight victories before falling to none other than Trinity, 5-4.