PHILADELPHIA –Coming off a 9-0 sweep of George Washington over the weekend in Washington D.C., the University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team is set to open their home slate against city rival No.13 Drexel on Tuesday.
The third-ranked Quakers displayed why they were ranked so highly in the preseason polls in the first match. In the win over George Washington, eight of the nine wins were 3-0 and the only game that wasn’t was 3-1. In all, Penn was victorious in 27 of 28 games.
No. 13 Drexel comes into the matchup with four matches already under their belts, all of them wins. The Dragons squeaked out a 5-4 win over No. 16 Franklin and Marshall to open the season, before powering their way through Virginia, Haverford, and Bowdoin, 9-0.
Drexel is led by squash royalty in Coach John White. White enters his fifth season at the helm of the Dragons squash program. The former top-ranked player in the world was one of the tour’s hardest hitters, once clocking a shot at a world-record 172 miles per hour.
Penn has faced Drexel three times before Tuesday night. The Quakers were victorious 9-0 in each of the meetings.
Penn has won its last two home-openers by a score of 9-0. The last time they lost their first match at the Ringe Courts was in the 2012- 13 season, falling to Harvard, 6-3.