PHILADELPHIA -Despite the loss to Harvard last Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania women's squash team is off to an incredible start to the season. They will try and keep things rolling when they welcome the Stanford Cardinal to the Ringe Squash Courts this Saturday.
Stanford comes in as the No. 5 team in the country with a 6-1 record, losing only to No. 1 Harvard in their season opener back on November 20. The Cardinal notched a signature win their last time out, taking down No. 3 Trinity, 5-4 on November 22.
As one of the only teams on the west coast, Stanford has one of the more difficult schedules of any program in college sports. They play no home games in 2015-16, while making three trips back east to play all 15 of their matches in a combined eight days. The Cardinal played seven matches in Cambridge, Mass. from November 20-22, beginning with the No. 1 team in the nation and ending with the No. 3. This weekend they will fly to Philadelphia to take on Penn before heading up to New York City to face Columbia on Sunday. They will conclude their season two weeks later when they play six maches over three days in New Haven, Conn.
Penn made the trip out to Palo Alto last season, where they defeated Stanford 9-0 in the only meeting between the two sides. Penn is coming off a tough weekend where they loss to No. 1 Harvard 6-3, but returned to their dominant selves on Sunday in a 9-0, clean sweep of Dartmouth.
In their wins, the Quakers are a perfect 45-0 in matches, 139-1 in individual games, and have outscored their opponents 1566-466, an average score of 11-3 per game.
The Quakers are set to take the court at 1 p.m. at the Ringe Squash Courts on Saturday.