PHILADELPHIA -Coming off its fourth win in a row, the University of Pennsylvania women's squash team will look to make it six with a pair of matches this weekend. Both matches will be against Ivy League and top 10 opponents as Brown and Yale make their way to Philadelphia.
SCOUTING BROWN:Brown will be the first team to take the court against the Quakers this weekend. The Bears hold the No. 10 spot in the CSA rankings with a 6-4 record after starting the season 1-4. However, they have lost their last 18 Ivy matches, dating back to 2013.
THE SERIES WITH BROWN:Penn leads the overall series with Brown, 26-15, and holds a 15-6 advantage in the City of Brotherly Love. The Quakers have won the last 14 straight meetings between the schools, including an 8-1 victory last season.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST BROWN:Finishing a challenging week of Ivy League play, the second-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team defeated No. 11 Brown, 8-1. Every individual Quaker win came by a 3-0 score led by juniorYan Xin Tanin the top position, followed by sophomoreAnaka Alankamony, freshmenMelissa AlvesandMarie Stephan, sophomoreMichelle Wong, juniorCamille Lanier, sophomoreGrace van Arkel, and senior Collen Fehm.
SCOUTING YALE:No. 4, Yale will get take their chances against Penn on Sunday. The Bulldogs are 10-1 this season with their only loss coming to perennial powerhouse Trinity. They are 3-0 in the Ivy League with convincing wins over Brown, Cornell, and Columbia. They will finish their season with four consecutive Ivy matches against No. 3 Princeton, No. 2 Penn, Dartmouth, and No. 1 Harvard
THE SERIES WITH YALE:Penn trails the overall series with Yale, 18-31, but hammered out a 6-3 win in 2015. The Quakers played the Bulldogs twice in 2014, splitting the two matches. Penn won the regular season contest, but fell in the CSA Championships.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST YALE:Winning in the top six positions on the ladder, the second-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team solidified its place atop the Ivy League with a 6-3 victory over No. 4 Yale. Four matches went the distance to a fifth game, in the one through nine positions. Penn managed to win two of those matches, coming from sophomoreMichelle Wongand juniorCamille Lanier, in the fifth and sixth positions on the ladder. JuniorYan Xin Tanpicked up her second victory in the top spot on the ladder, winning 3-0, while freshmenMelissa AlvesandMarie Stephancontinued their excellent play winning, 3-0, in the third and fourth positions. SophomoreAnaka Alankamonywon 3-1 in the second position.
VIVE MARIE:With her 3-0 win last week against Princeton, Marie Stephan moved to 9-0 this season and is yet to lose an individual game, good for a record of 27-0. She was 14-0 for the Quakers last year, giving her a total of 23-0 while competing for Penn over the last two seasons. If all that wasn't enough, she was also named the Penn Sports Performance Athlete of the Month for January.