Women's Squash to Play for Ivy Title This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - Undefeated in Ivy play, the Penn women's squash team will close out its League matches this weekend, taking on Harvard at noon Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. and Dartmouth at 11 a.m. Sunday in Hanover, N.H. If Penn wins both matches, they will clinch the Ivy title.

Penn (10-1) is undefeated against Ivy foes, and earned their sole loss in a 5-4 dogfight with number two Trinity. Most recently, the Quakers earned a 6-3 win over Princeton last Wednesday in Penn's final home match of the season. With the win, Penn improved to 4-0 in Ivy play and shares the number one spot atop the standings with Harvard.

Harvard (6-0, 3-0) will be facing Penn and Princeton this weekend and still has Yale to play next week. The Crimson have been ranked number one by the CSA since December and defeated Trinity 7-2 last Saturday on the Bantams' home courts. Saturday's matchup with Penn should certainly be a good one.

On Sunday, the Quakers will continue north to Dartmouth, who is 3-6 overall and 0-3 in League play.

This season, the Red and Blue have been strong, top to bottom, with senior Kristen Lange controlling the number one position with a 7-1 record. Freshman Nabilla Ariffin (7-4) has stepped up, proving to be a tough opponent in the number two spot, allowing the rest of the team to compete down a slat. At mainly number three, senior Sydney Scott has earned a 7-3 record to round out the top of the ladder.

Penn's middle and bottom of the lineup has been outstanding, including a perfect season so far for freshman Rachael Goh, junior Annie Madeira, freshman Yarden Odinak, and senior Christina Matthias, all 11-0. Senior Britt Hebden (8-2) and freshman Pia Trikha (10-1) have also had stellar seasons to this point.

After this weekend, the Quakers do not play again until the Howe Cup, Feb. 26-28.