PHILADELPHIA - Two more Ivy League contests await the women's squash team in the final weekend of the regular season as the Quakers look to build some momentum going into the team championships in just two weeks. The final home match of the season will be this Friday, February 10 at 4 p.m. against No. 14 Columbia (5-8, 0-5 Ivy). Penn will then close out the regular season on Sunday with a match at No. 7 Cornell (10-4, 3-2 Ivy) starting at 11 a.m.
After going a perfect 3-0 this past weekend, dropping just one game, Yarden Odinak is a team-best 7-2 this season. The junior currently has a career record of 35-9, including an Ivy League mark of 15-2. Five of her seven victories have come in three games this season. She played the No. 4 position this past weekend. Pia Trikha also owns a 15-2 career mark in Ivy League play. She is 6-2 on the season, playing at No. 3 most recently.
Courtney Jones, Stephanie Vogel, and Chloe Blacker are also 6-2 so far this season. Jones (No. 5) has had four of her wins come via 3-0 sweeps. Vogel (No. 7) has won her last five matches and six of her last seven. All six of her wins have been in the minimum three games. Blacker (No. 8) will look to get back on the winning track this weekend after having her six-match winning streak snapped this past weekend.
Freshmen Leslie Gill and Colleen Fehm each come into the weekend with 6-3 records, giving Penn seven players with at least six wins this season. Gill has moved up three positions to No. 6 on the ladder this season. Five of her wins have come in three-game sweeps. Fehm went 2-1 this past weekend, including a five-game win against Yale.
Nabilla Ariffin is currently 5-4 this season, including a 4-2 mark at No. 1. She played No. 2 this past weekend. All but one of her matches have ended in just three games this season. Rachael Goh has been playing at the No. 1 spot on the ladder recently. She split her matches this weekend, winning in five games against a returning first-team All-American. She is 4-3 this season with her first three wins coming in 3-0 sweeps.
Hyland Murphy is now a perfect 2-0 in matches inside the top-nine this season. She is 4-2 overall this season. Lindsay Wong is also 2-0 inside the top-nine. She is 4-1 overall and has been playing No. 10 recently. Lyles Swift-Farley has split her two top-10 matches this season. Jennie Shulkin is currently 2-0 in top-10 matches after a win at No. 10 vs. Brown.
Columbia comes into the weekend looking for its first Ivy League win of the season. The Lions have lost three in a row with an 8-1 loss against Dartmouth and 9-0 loss to Harvard this past weekend. These two schools have met just once in program history. During the 2007-08 season, Penn played Columbia in an exhibition game in which the Quakers won 9-0.
Cornell comes into the weekend tied with Penn for third in the Ivy League standings and currently slotted to take part in the Howe Cup at season's end. Cornell has tied its program record for wins in a season already with four matches to play. Last season, Penn defeated Cornell 9-0 in the regular season.
After wrapping up the regular season slate this weekend, the women's team will be off next weekend as the men take part in their team championships. The women's team championships will take part Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26.
The series with Columbia
- Only meeting was December 2, 2007
- The Quakers won 9-0 in an exhibition match
The series with Cornell
Overall: Penn is 28-2
At Cornell: The Quakers are 6-1
Current streak: Penn has won 11 in a row
Last season: The Quakers won 9-0
Last Cornell win: January 13, 2002 vs. Cornell, 5-4
- Six of Penn's last 11 wins have been 9-0 sweeps.
- Head Coach Jack Wyant has never lost to Cornell on the women's side