PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn women's squash team, champions of the Ivy League, will open play at the Howe Cup this afternoon when they take on Stanford at 5 p.m. at Princeton's Jadwin Courts. Penn (12-0) earned the nation's No. 1 ranking after going through the regular season undefeated.
The Quakers clinched their first Ivy League title since 1999-2000 when they defeated Dartmouth 9-0in Hanover on February 10. The last time they won the Ivy title, they went on to victory in the Howe Cup and a national championship. This year's title was the first for head coach Jack Wyant, who is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Quakers.
Led by senior co-captains Lauralynn Drury and Elizabeth Kern, and the second-ranked player in the country in sophomore Kristen Lange, the Quakers will face the Stanford Cardinal in the first round. Penn defeated Stanford 9-0 on February 2 at Ringe Courts. On senior day for the Quakers, the team did not drop a single game to Stanford. Sophomore Britt Hebden dropped just one point in her match at No. 5, while No. 9 Drury and No. 8 Emily Goodwin gave up just four total points in their contests.
Should the Quakers advance, they will face the winner of No. 4 Trinity and No. 5 Harvard at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Penn defeated Trinity 7-2 earlier this season and knocked off then-No. 3 Harvard, 5-4, in Cambridge on February 9.
Host Princeton is the No. 2 seed, having only lost in a classic 5-4 decision to Penn at Ringe Courts on January 30.
Should the Quakers advance to the championship, they will play at 2 p.m. on Sunday.