PHILADELPHIA – After beginning the year 2015 with two wins in California, the third-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team is entering its toughest stretch of the season, opening Ivy League play this weekend against No. 10 Dartmouth (0-2)and No. 1 Harvard (2-0) at home in Ringe Courts.
Penn (5-0) came off an extended break to defeat No. 7 Stanford and No. 8 George Washington after the New Year. The Quakers have won all five of their matches of this season by a 9-0 score.
After two home Ivy matches this weekend, Penn will host No. 2 Trinity on Wednesday, for its third match in five days.
To read more about the trip the women’s team took to California over winter break, you can read blog entries from the team by clicking here.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: The Big Green have played just two matches thus far, falling to No. 1 Harvard, 9-0, and No. 2 Trinity, 7-2. Against Trinity, freshmen Rebecca Brownell and Caroline Canning won Dartmouth’s only two matches. Before facing the Quakers, the Big Green will take on Drexel Friday afternoon, and will then play Princeton on Sunday before returning to New Hampshire.
THE SERIES WITH DARTMOUTH: Penn leads the overall matchup with Dartmouth, 28-20, having taken control of the series in 2006, winning 12 straight matches. Last season, the Quakers defeated the Big Green, 9-0, in Hanover, N.H. This year, Penn will look to break the .500 mark in home matches at Ringe with Dartmouth, with the record currently sitting at 9-9.
SCOUTING HARVARD: Last year’s national runner-up, the Crimson are off to a 2-0 start having defeated Dartmouth, 9-0, and Boston College, 9-0. Harvard returns eight of nine players in its ladder that defeated the Quakers, 6-3, last season. Prior to facing Penn on Sunday, the Crimson will play No. 10 Princeton on Saturday, and after returning to Cambridge, will face No. 13 Franklin & Marshall on Monday.
THE SERIES WITH HARVARD: Penn’s record against Harvard is 5-42 all-time, having won just once at Ringe. Penn’ s last win against the Crimson came in 2008, a 5-4 victory at Harvard. The last three seasons, the Quakers have fallen to the Crimson, 6-3.
BACK FROM THE WEST COAST: After not playing a match the entire month of December, the Penn women’s team traveled to California visiting San Francisco, before playing two matches at Stanford in January. The team was able to bond and train together, while visiting famous landmarks, before winning its two matches. To read more about the team’s trip, please click here.
VERSUS STANFORD AND GEORGE WASHINGTON: The Quakers won both matches in California, defeating No. 7 Stanford 9-0, and No. 8 George Washington, 9-0. Penn dropped just one game during the length of the two matches, winning all but one individual matchup, 3-0. Winning matches during the trip were Anaka Alankamony, Yan Xin Tan, Melissa Alves, Haidi Lala, Michelle Wong, Camille Lanier, Grace van Arkel, Ali Richmond, and Leslie Gill.