PHILADELPHIA – Two teams stand in the way of the second-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s squash teams’ goal of the Ivy League title – Cornell and Columbia – as the Quakers look to clinch their first league championship since 2008.
Currently sitting atop the Ivy League standings, Penn (11-1, 5-0 Ivy) has two tests left in sixth-ranked Cornell (8-3, 3-2 Ivy) and ninth-ranked Columbia (7-5, 2-3 Ivy).
The Quakers face the Big Red on Friday at home, inside the Ringe Squash Courts, beginning at 5 p.m. Penn will honor its three seniors in the final home match of the season – captain Leslie Gill, Colleen Fehm, and Lyles Swift-Farley.
On Sunday, the Quakers travel to Columbia for the season and Ivy League finale against the Lions, beginning at 1 p.m. at the SL Green Street Squash Center.
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SCOUTING CORNELL: The Big Red began the season 5-0, and have Ivy wins over Columbia, Brown, and Dartmouth. Other key wins have come against Drexel and St. Lawrence. Cornell is coming into Penn fresh off its 8-1 victory at Dartmouth. The team is led by senior Danielle Letourneau, freshman Michele Garceau, and sophomore Rachel Scherman.
THE SERIES WITH CORNELL: Penn leads the overall series with Cornell, 34-2, with the only two losses coming in back-to-back years in 2001 and 2002. Last year, the Quakers defeated Cornell 6-3 in the regular season, and 8-1 in the Howe Cup.
SCOUTING COLUMBIA: Ranked ninth all season in the CSA polls, Columbia has key wins over Drexel, Brown, Stanford, and Dartmouth. Most recently, the Lions fell 9-0 to Harvard, and will face Princeton on the road Friday before hosting Penn Sunday.
THE SERIES WITH COLUMBIA: The Quakers lead the overall series with Columbia, 4-0. Penn has defeated the Lions 9-0 on each occasion, including at home last season.
PENN SENIORS: The Quakers will recognize their three seniors on Friday, Leslie Gill, Colleen Fehm, and Lyles Swift-Farley. Serving as captain, Gill has a 33-11 overall record and 13-6 Ivy League record, playing as high as fourth on the ladder in her career. Fehm has compiled a 30-8 overall record and 12-4 Ivy record, while playing as high as fifth in her four years. Swift-Farley has a 7-3 overall record, and 0-3 league record. She has competed primarily in the ninth and 10th position.
IVY TITLE IN SIGHTS: Still needing to win two matches to claim the league championship, the Quakers have positioned themselves nicely heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The final weekend never proves to be easy, the last time Penn won the Ivy League in 2008 it had to defeat Harvard, 5-4, before Dartmouth, 9-0, to claim the championship.
IVY STANDINGS HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND: Penn sits atop the league with a 5-0 record playing Cornell and Columbia. Trailing just behind is Harvard at 4-1 – only current loss to Penn – with Yale and Brown remaining. Princeton is in a three-way tie for third with Yale and Cornell at 3-2, the Tigers have Cornell and Columbia as well over the weekend. Yale faces Harvard and Dartmouth. Rounding out the league is Columbia 2-3 and Brown and Dartmouth, 0-5.