Going into the final weekend, the Quakers (4-13, 0-5) are in a similar situation to what they were in last season. A year ago, the team was winless in the Ivy League conference, but managed to win their last two matches, also against Columbia and Cornell, to finish with two wins versus Ancient Eight opponents. This year, the Quakers look to do the same.
Penn dropped its match last Friday to Dartmouth 6-1 and then on Saturday was swept 7-0 by Harvard. Senior Jacqueline Wong had the only point for the Quakers on the weekend, besting her Dartmouth opponent easily 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 4 singles position. In fact, Wong has Penn's only other point in a span of seven games, this in Penn's 6-1 loss to Boston University on March 20. All the other matches Penn lost by a 7-0 score. The Quakers' last win came on March 12 when the team defeated Portland 4-3. Sunday's match will mark Wong's last time playing for Penn.
Columbia has a 9-12 record overall and is also 0-5 in the Ivy League. Therefore at the conclusion of the match on Friday, one of these teams will get its first victory in the conference. Last year, the Quakers blanketed the Lions 7-0 and hope to repeat the feat this Friday.
Meanwhile, Cornell is 11-9 overall and 1-4 in the Ivies. The Big Red's only win came against the Lions, 4-3, to open its League season. Last year, the Quakers came out on top in their season finale, beating Cornell in a close 4-3 battle.