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Junior Lucas Monroe fights to maintain control of the ball while dribbling down the court during a scrimmage against East Stroudsburg on Oct. 30. Credit: Samantha Turner

As fall sports come to a close and winter sports are just kicking off, Penn fans are in for an action-packed weekend. Here is an overview of this weekend's upcoming events.

Women's Squash

The Quakers will begin their campaign at home, going up against Chatham University on Saturday at 10 a.m. This will be the team's first-ever matchup with the Panthers.

The team will then face Drexel University in the evening at 4 p.m. The last game between the two teams resulted in a tight victory for the Dragons. Penn will look to make amends and bounce back from that loss on home turf. 

On Sunday, the Red and Blue will play Dickinson College at 9:30 a.m., looking to build on its dominant 9-0 win against the Red Devils in their last meeting. 

Later that day, in the afternoon, at 2:30 p.m., the team will go up against Franklin and Marshall College, hoping to end strong and continue its perfect 13-0 record against the Diplomats. 

The team ended the 2019-20 season with an even win-loss record of 8-8, and an Ivy League record of 4-3. The team will enter the season at No. 8 in the nation, according to the College Squash Association’s preseason rankings, hoping to meet these high expectations

Basketball

In its second and third game of the season, the men’s basketball team will continue its road trip, matching up against George Mason at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Bucknell at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Quakers have a 2-0 record against the Bisons and will aim to assert their dominance once again. 

Meanwhile, the women's basketball team will begin its season at Hartford, looking to replicate its dominant 74-46 win over the Hawks in their last encounter. 

The men’s and women’s teams concluded the 2019-20 season with 16-11 and 20-7 records, respectively. The teams enter this season ranked fourth and second, respectively in the conference, according to the preseason media poll. 

Swimming 

Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete against Brown at noon at Sheerr Pool this Saturday. Both teams will look to bounce back after losing to Columbia last Friday — 157-143, for the men, and 158-142, for the women. 

Despite the loss, strong showings from Vanessa Chong and Lia Thomas for the women, as well as Matt Fallon for the men, will motivate both teams to improve at home this weekend.

Football 

Penn football (3-5, 1-4 Ivy) is back in action at Harvard (6-3, 3-2) on Saturday at noon. After an unexpected 15-12 loss to Cornell last Saturday, the Quakers will look to come back stronger, enjoying a four-game winning streak at Cambridge against the Crimson. Freshman quarterback Aidan Sayin will look for more success against a tough Crimson defense.

Volleyball 

The Red and Blue (6-15, 3-9) will finish its season this weekend, hosting Cornell (7-13, 3-9) on Friday and then Columbia (5-17, 2-10) on Saturday. Having suffered losses in its most recent games against Brown and Yale, the team will look to end the season on a high note and gain a bit of confidence for next year. The team started its season on a winning streak and will look to end it in similar fashion.

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