PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women’s squash team has released its 2007-08 schedule. The Quakers, who finished 10-2 and third in the nation last year, will be looking to build upon that with a young, talented team that opens the season with the Ivy Scrimmage at Yale on November 10-11.
The Quakers open up the Ivy League campaign a week later when they travel to Cornell to take on the Big Red at 1 p.m. They then return home for matchups with Yale and Brown to open December.
“Yale will be a big test for us,” said head coach Jack Wyant. “We were able to beat them in two close matches last year. They have a great freshman class, and we need to be able to take care of business at home.”
Trips to Williams and Amherst on January 19 open the non-conference schedule, followed by a neutral contest with Bowdoin January 20.
Penn then travels to Trinity College for a key non-conference road match on January 26 before resuming the Ivy slate with a home match against rival Princeton January 30.
“Princeton went undefeated last year and won the national championship,” said Wyant. “To get them at home is going to be very important for us.”
A match with Stanford and a visit to Harvard wrap up the regular season.
“Stanford is a team that is definitely on the rise,” Wyant said. “This is the first time we will play them since they added squash as a varsity sport, and we hope that we can make this an annual match.”
Wyant expressed excitement at the prospect of seeing Kristen Lange going up against Stanford’s Lily Lorentzen. Lorentzen, a junior, captured the Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) individual championship as a freshman. Lange finished second last year in her freshman campaign.
Penn will participate in the Howe Cup, squash’s national championship event, which will be played at Princeton February 22-24.
The Quakers will then send their top players to the CSA Individuals, taking place in Annapolis, Md. at the Naval Academy from February 29-March 2.
“It’s a tough schedule, and we are excited about that,” Wyant said. “We will be playing a lot of the top 10 teams, and we are excited to have the defending national champions, Princeton, coming to play here. We are looking forward to a good season for our team.”
November 10 Ivy Scrimmage All day
November 11 Ivy Scrimmage All day
November 17 at Cornell 1 p.m.
December 1 Yale Noon
December 2 Brown 11 a.m.
January 19 Williams/Amherst 11 a.m./5 p.m.
January 20 vs. Bowdoin 10 a.m.
January 26 at Trinity Noon
January 30 Princeton 7 p.m.
February 1 Stanford 6 p.m.
February 9 at Harvard 1 p.m.
February 10 at Dartmouth 11 a.m.
February 22 Howe Cup All day
February 23 Howe Cup All day
February 24 Howe Cup All day
February 29 CSA Individuals All day
March 1 CSA Individuals All day
March 2 CSA Individuals All day