Penn squash got right back into the swing of things after a six-week hiatus.
The men’s team extended its six-match winning streak this weekend, taking down No. 7 Yale with a 7-2 win in New Haven followed by a sweeping 9-0 win in Providence, R.I., against No. 15 Brown. It was Penn's (8-0, 2-0 Ivy) first win at Yale (5-1, 2-1) since 2006, when now-coach Gilly Lane was a senior.
The defeat of Yale was more hard-fought than the scoreline would suggest, at least according to a tweet Lane sent.
"Playing in a tough environment I couldn't be happier with the grit and determination of this team," he wrote.
Of the nine matches, four required more than three sets, and four of those sets required tiebreakers.
On the women’s side, the Quakers' weekend was off to a more difficult start with a hard fought 7-2 loss against the No. 6 Bulldogs. Although they didn’t pull off the overall win, the Red and Blue's one and two slots, senior Reeham Sedky and junior Jess Davis, respectively, pulled off individual wins on Saturday. The next day, Penn (6-1, 1-1) bounced back with a tight 5-4 win in Providence.
It was the first match since November for the women, with the team having several weeks off during the holiday season.
This weekend marked Penn's first Ivy league competition of the season, as the squads came off of an undefeated first half of the season, which included wins against George Washington, Virginia, and Stanford on the women’s side.
Moving forward, the women have the opportunity to return to a dominant position in the Ivy League after posting a 3-4 conference record last year. The men’s team, on the other hand, will look to extend its winning streak and remain undefeated.