PHILADELPHIA – Accomplishing a few firsts during the 2013-14 season, the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team became the first ranked team during Head Coach Sanela Kunovac’s tenure, with Sol Eskenazi becoming the first player in program history with three-straight First-team All-Ivy selections in doubles, doing so with three different partners.
The Quakers finished the spring season 8-10 overall, with a 1-6 record in the Ivy League, but won four straight matches this spring including a win at No. 57 Penn State in February, which pushed Penn to No. 68 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings for the first time in Coach Kunovac’s five years at the helm.
In addition to her third-straight All-Ivy doubles selection, with Kana Daniel, Eskenazi was named First-team All-Ivy in singles, becoming the first Penn player since 1999 to be named First-team for three consecutive years. The junior finished the 2013-14 season with a 24-7 overall record in singles play, including a 14-3 record in the spring, playing at the No. 1 position. She went 15-6 overall in doubles matches, going 12-2 in the spring. Eskenazi also won the 2013 Cissie Leary Invitational Flight A singles in the fall, going 4-0 to reach the championship match before winning by default against teammate Sonya Latycheva, due to injury.
As a freshman Daniel, notched her first All-Ivy selection with Eskenazi, going 9-2 in the No. 1 doubles position. She also finished 12-14 overall in single competition, playing all her matches in the spring in the second position.
During the course of the spring season, Penn picked up early victories against Akron, Rutgers, and a marquee win at No. 57 Penn State, before defeating Drexel, and Rhode Island and Gonzaga in Palm Springs, Calif, finishing up the non-conference schedule defeating Temple at home. The Quakers fell to Old Dominion, Maryland, Marshall and UC Irvine before beginning League play.
In Ivy competition, Penn fell to No. 66 Princeton and Brown, 5-2, before being narrowly edged 4-3 in three straight matches at No. 52 Yale, versus Dartmouth, and against No. 46 Harvard. After a defeat at No. 37 Columbia, the Quakers ended the Ivy season with a 5-2 victory versus Cornell on Senior Day.