PHILADELPHIA - After last weekend's thrilling Hohen Cup (B Division) win for the Penn men's squash team, the women will get their chance at a national championship, competing in the Howe Cup this Friday through Sunday. Ranked third in the nation, Penn will be up against the top eight teams in the country, starting with sixth seeded Cornell Friday at 11:30 a.m. on Yale's campus in New Haven, Conn.
The Quakers find themselves in a similar situation as last year's Howe Cup in which they will pair off with Cornell, with the same seeds, after defeating the Big Red, 7-2, in the season opener. Last year, Penn topped the Big Red 8-1 in round one, before falling to Harvard and Trinity in the semis and consolation. Although they have had comfortable wins in the past over Cornell, the Quakers will not take themlightly, as both teams have had a chance to grow and develop since their Nov. 21 meeting.
Friday's match will showcase three rematches from the season opener. At the No. 2 position, freshman Nabilla Ariffin will have a chance to avenge her 3-2 loss to Jaime Laird. Senior Sydney Scott will also have another crack at Cornell's Shivangi Paranjpe at No. 3 after a 3-0 loss, and senior Britt Hebden hopes to top Rachel Wagner in three games again at the No. 6 position.
On the same side of the bracket are the two seed, Trinity, and seventh seeded Stanford, who will face each other in the first round. On the other side, No. 1 Harvard and No. 8 Williams pair off, while Princeton and Yale are matched up as the four and five seeds.
For the brackets of all six divisions and frequent updates related to the tournament visit CollegeSquashAssociation.com. The semifinals and finals of the Howe Cup (A Division) will be webcasted on the CSA's website Saturday and Sunday.