Women's Squash Opens Season Ranked No. 5 Nationally

Women's Squash Preseason Rankings

PHILADELPHIA - Women's squash will start off the 2011-12 season right where it left off last year. The Quakers find themselves ranked fifth in the nation after finishing fifth in the Howe Cap a season ago. Penn finished the 2010-11 season 10-4 overall, including a 2-1 record at the Howe Cup. The Quakers also finished third in the Ivy League.

All four of Penn's defeats last season came to the teams that are ranked ahead of them in the preseason poll. Returning runner-up Harvard is ranked first overall in the preseason, while Howe Cup champion Yale is ranked second. Princeton and Trinity find themselves ranked third and fourth respectively. Cornell (No. 7 in the preseason rankings), Dartmouth (No. 8), Brown (No. 10), and Columbia (No. 16) round out the Ivy League schools in the preseason rankings.

The Quakers return eight of their top-nine in the ladder from last season, including four All-Americans in Rachael Goh, Nabilla Ariffin, Yarden Odinak, and Pia Trikha. Each of the returning All-Americans on Penn will be entering their junior seasons. Sophomore Courtney Jones (15-4 primarily at No. 6), junior Stephanie Vogel (8-5 primarily at No. 7), sophomore Chloe Blacker (12-4 playing No. 8), and sophomore Hyland Murphy (8-6 at No. 9) also return to give Penn a lot of playing experience despite have no seniors on the roster.

After taking part in the always competitive Ivy League scrimmages on November 12 and 13, Penn will jump right into the heart of its schedule when No. 3 Princeton comes to the Ringe Squash Courts on December 3. Throughout the 2011-12 season, Penn will play each of the other nine teams that are ranked in the preseason top-10. A complete release of the preseason rankings is available on the College Squash Association website.