The Series with Trinity:
Overall Series: Trinity is 29-15 against Penn
At Trinity: The Bantoms are 11-4
Current Streak: The teams have split the last two meetings.
Last Season: Trinity won at Penn, 6-3
Last Penn win: February 27, 2010 at Howe Cup (5-4)
- It has been a back-and-fourth series since 2006-2007 season. Trinity has won three of the last four, but Penn has won five of the last eight.
- In a series of tightly contested matches, Trinity's 6-3 win broke a streak of five straight 5-4 matches between the two schools.
PHILADELPHIA - The final road non-Ivy League match of the regular season is a big one for the women's squash team as No. 5 Trinity awaits the No. 3 Quakers up north. After opening the season with seven sweeps and a pair of 8-1 victories in its first nine matches, Trinity (9-2) has hit the tough portion of its schedule and is coming off back-to-back losses against No. 2 Yale, 7-2, and No. 1 Harvard, 8-1. The Quakers (4-1) have rebounded with consecutive sweeps after being dealt their first loss of the season. The women's match will begin at 1 p.m. and play alongside the men's action.
Pia Trikha is the final unbeaten player of those that have been regulars in the Penn ladder. After missing the last match against Franklin & Marshall, the junior co-captain is currently 4-0 this season and has won her individual match in the last 22 team competitions, including the Howe Cup. In team matches, Trikha has career record of 32-2.
Playing at the top of the ladder Nabilla Ariffin and Rachael Goh have held down the top-two positions for the majority of the season. Ariffin is currently 3-2 and coming off of back-to-back sweeps. All three of her wins this season have come in this fashion. Goh sits at 3-1 after missing the last match against Franklin & Marshall. All three of her wins this season have also come in 3-0 sweeps.
With two of Penn's top performers missing the match against Franklin & Marshall, Yarden Odinak moved up to the No. 2 position and came away with her fourth win of the season. She is currently riding a two-match winning streak and has also had three of her wins come by 3-0 sweeps.
Playing at No. 5 and No. 6 all season long have been junior Stephanie Vogel and sophomore Courtney Jones. Vogel has three sweep victories to date and is currently riding a two-match winning streak. Jones is 4-1 this season and has had her last three wins come in 3-0 sweeps after opening the season with a five-game win.
For Jones and Vogel, this weekend marks a return to their New England roots. Jones grew up in Holden, Massachussets, about an hour and a half away from Trinity. Nobody on the women's team has closer ties to the Trinity area than Vogel who attended Kingswood-Oxford High School, just a 10-minute drive from where she will be playing this weekend.
Another player making a trip back to their home state this weekend will be freshman Leslie Gill. Gill played her high school squash at Darien High School. At Penn, she is currently 4-1 in her freshman season. Colleen Fehm is also 4-1 this year, playing primarily at the No. 7 position.
Chloe Blacker also missed the last match against Franklin & Marshall. She is 3-1 this season, playing primarily at No. 9. Fellow sophomore Hyland Murphy won the highest-ranked match of her Penn career at No. 7 in her last match. Jennie Shulkin made her Penn debut in the top-nine with a win at No. 8, while Lindsay Wong won her match at No. 9 the last time out also. Lyles Swift-Farley won her first career match at No. 10 against Franklin & Marshall.
Trinity and Penn only have two common opponents on the season. Both teams have swept Williams, while Trinity fell 8-1 against Harvard. Penn lost 7-2 against the Crimson. Ashley Tidman (9-1) comes in with the best record among the Trinity regulars in the ladder. Last season, Trinity edged out Penn, 6-3, as the Bantoms took both of the five-game matches that were played to come away with the win.
After just one match this weekend, Ivy League play resumes the following weekend as Brown and Yale come to Penn. The women's side will also take on Stanford that opening Saturday following the match against Brown.