After a busy season filled with plenty of ups and even a few downs, the Penn squash teams will end their regular season schedules with red and blue opponents of their own.
On Friday, both second-ranked squads will have their final home match of the season against Columbia at the Ringe Squash Courts.
This weekend Penn squash will have to fend off another top-five opponent eager to put a dent in their championship aspirations along with a team willing to bare it all in order to pull off a monumental upset.
You win some and you lose some, but sometimes you just win them all.
Last Saturday, for only the second time in school history, both the men and women’s sides for Penn squash topped Princeton in the same season.
The wins against Princeton are just the most recent pieces of evidence for why this season is one of — if not the — the Quakers’ best.
Historically, Penn-Princeton matchups have typically not gone in favor of the Red and Blue.
Corey Henry contributed reporting.
Coming off a gripping 5-4 comeback victory at Trinity last Saturday, the Penn women (7-1, 1-1 Ivy) will have to defend their No. 2 ranking in the faces of the third-ranked Tigers (5-1, 1-1) Saturday afternoon.
For a meeting between two of the top five women’s sides in the country, the No. 2 Penn and No. 5 Stanford matchup seemed to carry little of the tension that one would expect of such high ranked goliaths.
We’re in uncharted territory.
With back-to-back wins over top 5 teams from the men’s side along with another perfect start to the season on the women’s side, associate head coach Gilly Lane finds himself as a leader of one of the most successful Penn squash programs in school history.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Lane said.
Is it possible to describe something as both global and local at the same time?
If any team can claim this paradox, it certainly has to be Penn squash. Together, the men’s and women’s teams compose potentially the most diverse binary of any group on this campus.