PHILADELPHIA It is the last weekend of matches for the second-ranked Penn women’s squash team before the Howe Cup and Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Individuals that are in late February. The Quakers have two important Ivy League matches, Harvard on Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by Dartmouth on Sunday at 11 a.m. all matches are at the Ringe Courts. For Annie Madeira these two matches sit between her and a perfect individual match record.
The Quakers are currently 8-1 after bowing to No. 1 Princeton, 6-3, on Jan. 28 in New Jersey. The Quakers and the Tigersweretied up 2-2 before the Tigers took three consecutive matches to get to the needed five match total.
No. 2 Penn vs. No. 4 Harvard
The biggest challenge this weekend will be on Saturday when the Red and Blue take on 4 Harvard, who is currently undefeated before heading into this weekend matches against No. 2 Penn and No. 1 Princeton. The Crimson recently defeated No. 3 Trinity, 7-2. While Penn also defeated the Bantams this season, the Quakers won by a closer, 5-4, margin. Last season, Britt Hebden won the clinching match with the scored tied, 4-4, to give Penn the victory in Cambridge, Mass and this season’s match should be just as intense.
No. 2 Penn vs. No. 9 Dartmouth
Penn will finish the weekend and the regular season with the Big Green on Sunday morning. Last season, the Quakers’ 9-0 win in New Hampshire clinched the Ivy League title. Dartmouth is searching for its first Ivy win this weekend, but should have some trouble in their pursuit as Penn and Princeton are its last opportunities of the season.