On their home courts last year, Penn kept its record unblemished up to that point, topping the Bantams 5-4 in the first meeting of the season. Sydney Scott's 3-0 win over Nayelly Hernandez Perez clinched the win for the Red and Blue. However, Trinity got its revenge in the last match of the Howe Cup with another 5-4 decision. This time the deciding match came down to the No. 1 position in which the Bantam's Nour Bhgat held off Kristen Lange for the win.
Penn has looked extremely sharp this season with winning contributions coming from all nine positions. In fact, Penn has not dropped a single match nor single game in its past six matches and has surpassed last season's superb start, in which they won eight straight competitions. In their most recent contest, the Quakers topped both Williams and Amherst 9-0 last weekend.
Trinity has also experienced a great deal of success this season with eight wins, six of which were won 9-0. In their most recent match, the Bantams narrowly edged Yale 5-4 on Wednesday. Early this season, Penn topped the Bulldogs 8-1 on Dec. 5, but Trinity was forced to face Yale without defending National Intercollegiate Singles Champion Bhgat due to injury. It is unknown if the No. 1 ranked player will be healthy for Saturday, but with or without it will likely be a dogfight.