PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s squash team will play three matches, all against Ivy League opponents and all on the road, in five days this week. The Quakers will take on No. 5 Princeton, No. 4 Yale, and No. 11 Brown.
Penn (8-1, 2-0 Ivy) is currently tied atop the Ivy standings, and is second in the College Squash Association rankings sitting behind No. 1 Trinity, the only team to have defeated the Quakers thus far this season.
The Quakers play at Princeton (5-1, 1-1 Ivy) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The start time of the match is one hour earlier than previously noted, and will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network (pay).
Over the weekend, Penn will be at Yale (8-1, 2-0 Ivy) at 12 p.m. on Saturday, followed by playing at Brown (3-2, 0-2 Ivy) on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.
SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers come into Wednesday’s match with Penn having lost only to fellow Ivy Harvard, 7-2. Princeton has won five matches overall, with four coming by 9-0 scores and the other coming in an 8-1 decision. The Tigers are led at the top of their ladder by freshman Olivia Fiechter, along with sophomore Maria Elena Ubina, and senior Nicole Bunyan.
THE SERIES WITH PRINCETON: Penn trails the overall series with the Tigers, 9-42. However, each of the Quakers’ nine wins have come since the year 2000, and Penn has won the last two meetings – a 7-2 victory in the 2013 Howe Cup and a 6-3 win in 2014…
REMEMBERING A HISTORIC WIN: Last season, for the first time in Penn squash history, both the men’s and women’s teams defeated Princeton in the same year. The women’s team earned the season sweep against the Tigers with a 6-3 victory. In the 2014 victory, the Quakers were led by Anaka Alankamony, Yan Xin Tan and Haidi Lala at the top of the ladder, along with senior Chloe Blacker at the bottom of the ladder, with the clinching victory coming from Carey Celata.
SCOUTING YALE: Similar to Penn, the Bulldogs only loss so far this season has come at the hands of top-ranked Trinity. Yale fell to the Bantams, 7-2, while Penn was edged 5-4 in the final game of the match. Yale has wins over common opponents Stanford and George Washington, and its two Ivy victories are over Columbia and Cornell. Leading Yale are sophomores Madeline Tomlinson and Jenny Scherl, and senior Issey Norman-Ross.
THE SERIES WITH YALE: Penn trails the overall series with Yale, 17-31, and split two matches with the Bulldogs in 2014. The Quakers picked up the regular season victory 5-4 at home, before falling by the same score to Yale in the Howe Cup.
SCOUTING BROWN: The Bears will play four matches before facing Penn on Sunday. Brown is scheduled to play at Amherst and Williams midweek, before facing Stanford and Princeton on Saturday, and the Quakers on Sunday. Brown has defeated Wesleyan, Colby, and Bowdoin, with losses to Cornell and Columbia. The Bears are led by freshman Quincy Beck, sophomore Hannah Hay-Smith, and junior Emily Richmond, sister to Penn freshman Ali Richmond.
THE SERIES WITH BROWN: Penn leads the overall series with Brown, 25-15, and holds a 10-9 advantage in Providence, R.I. The Quakers have won the last 13 straight meetings between the schools, including a 9-0 victory last season.