NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team opened the fall portion of its 2013-14 women’s tennis season with a round-robin weekend at Ivy League rival Columbia, competing against the Lions as well as St. John’s and Amherst College.
Over a series of singles and doubles matches, the Quakers combined to post a 22-16 record, including a 9-3 mark in singles against St. John’s and a 4-1 singles record against Amherst.
Penn opened its weekend with a 2-1 win over Amherst in doubles. The Red and Blue saw Sony Latycheva and Jamie Yapp-Shing combine for an 8-4 win at No. 1 to go with an 8-5 win from Stephanie Do and Luba Vazhenina at No. 2.
The first singles action of the season was against St. John’s and Penn won four matches to a pair for the Johnnies. Latycheva won a dandy of a match at No. 1, defeating Morozova from St. John’s 1-6, 6-2, 15-13. Vazhenina (No. 2), Alex Ion (No. 3) and Brigitte Desnos (No. 4) also recorded wins over St. John’s in singles action.
On Saturday, the Quakers would sweep St. John’s in doubles, including a convincing 8-2 win from Do and Vazhenina at No. 3. Sol Eskanazi and Kana Daniel had a solid win at No. 1, defeating their opponents from St. John’s, 8-4.
Also on Saturday, Penn would engage in a pair of singles rounds against Ivy League rival Columbia. In the first round of single competition, Penn split with the defending Ivy League co-champions, 3-3. Freshman Luba Vazhenina won at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-2, over junior Crystal Leung – a 17-4 performer in singles matches last year and second-team All-Ivy in doubles. In the second session of singles, Columbia pulled away for a 5-1 edge. Penn’s win came from Brigitte Desnoes at No. 6, 6-4, 6-4. Vazhenina engaged in a furious battle with All-Ivy singles and doubles selection, Bianca Sanon, losing in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6.
The Quakers finished the weekend with a 4-1 win over Amherst in singles. Sol Eskenazi (No. 1), Sonya Latycheva (No. 2), Stephanie Do (No. 4) and Brigitte Desnoes (No. 5) each had wins for the Red and Blue – Do and Desnoes winning in three sets.
Penn will host its annual Cissie Leary Tournament this weekend at the Hamlin Tennis Center and Levy Tennis Pavilion.