PHILADELPHIA - The defending Ivy League champion University of Pennsylvania women's squash team will most likely see its reign come to an end this weekend, but have a chance to finish off another one-loss regular season. The Quakers will honor their seniors on Friday at the Ringe courts, when they host their home-finale against Columbia. They will then close out the regular season with a road trip to Cornell.
SCOUTING COLUMBIA: No. 7 Columbia heads to Philadelphia with a 5-4 record for a make or break road trip. The Lions will face No. 2 Penn and No. 9 Drexel, before returning home for a match with No. 3 Princeton. Three losses, could see their Howe Cup dreams dashed.
THE SERIES WITH COLUMBIA: The Quakers lead the overall series with Columbia, 5-0. Penn has defeated the Lions 9-0 on each occasion, including in New York last season.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST COLUMBIA: Undefeated Ivy League Champions. The University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team finished off the regular season with a victory, claiming the outright Ivy League championship with a 7-0 record, after defeating Columbia 9-0. With the win, Penn claimed its third Ivy championship in program history, previously winning in 2000 and 2008. The title was head coach Jack Wyant’s second Ivy League championship with the women’s team at Penn.
SCOUTING CORNELL: Cornell is sporting an 8-5 record earning them the eighth spot in the CSA rankings. Like, Columbia, they have work to do this weekend to cement themselves in the Howe Cup. They will face No. 3 Princeton on Friday, Franklin and Marshall on Saturday, and then head home to face the No. 2 Quakers.
THE SERIES WITH CORNELL: Penn leads the overall series with Cornell, 35-2, with the only two losses coming in back-to-back years in 2001 and 2002. Last year, the Quakers defeated Cornell 8-1 at the Ringe Squash Courts. Penn took down the Big Red twice in 2014, including a win in the Howe Cup.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST CORNELL: With an 8-1 victory over Cornell on Friday, the University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team has earned the right to call itself Ivy League Champions. The second-ranked Quakers (12-1, 6-0 Ivy) clinched a share of the title with the win over the sixth-ranked Big Red (8-4, 3-3 Ivy) inside the Ringe Squash Courts. It was the Penn women’s first Ivy championship since the 2008 season, which saw the Quakers finish undefeated in the league. The title is Penn’s third overall, as the Quakers also won it in 2000.
SENIOR NIGHT: Friday will be a celebration of the three seniors from the women's squash team. Haidi Lala, Camille Lanier, and Yan Xin Tan have helped Penn to a 49-11 record over their four years in the squash program. They were all integral in the Quakers 2015 Ivy League Championship.
HAIDI: Making the long trip from Cairo, Egypt, Haidi Lala has won 37 matches for the Quakers over the last four year. Lala finished 2015 with a perfect 9-0 record and ranked No. 49 in the CSA, following a year that she was named a second-team All-American. She has a spotless 5-0 record in the top two spots on the ladder.
CAM: Washington D.C. native, co-captain Camille Lanier has produced a 9-2 record this season, giving her 44 wins in her time at Penn. One more win, and Lanier will had double-digit wins in each of her four years with the program. With two more wins, she will finish her career with 20 Ivy League wins. Last season, Lanier finished the year ranked No. 51 in the CSA.
XINNY: Also making quite the trip to the City of Brotherly Love, co-captain Yan Xin Tan from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has gone 10-1 this season, giving her 47 wins as a Quaker. Tan was named a second-team All-American by the CSA last season in addition to her All-Ivy selection. Tan competed in the Ramsay Cup last season and finished the year as No. 11 in the CSA.