PHILADELPHIA – Penn women’s tennis (3-0) will be back on the court on Friday afternoon for a 4 p.m. match against Stony Brook. The Quakers are coming off a 7-0 thrashing of the four-time defending Atlantic 10 Conference champions, Richmond, back on Feb. 10. The match against the Seawolves will be Penn’s last home match until March 23 against Temple – they will be in Virginia, Florida and Maryland until then.
The Red and Blue have started 3-0 in the spring in two consecutive years for the first time since the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons — the Quakers were the Ivy League Champions in 2007. Additionally, Penn’s first-doubles pair of Sol Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva is ranked No. 22 in the nation and No. 1 in the Northeast Region. That is the highest ranking ever for a Penn duo. They compiled a 10-2 record together in the fall, and are 2-0 in the early going this spring.
Penn and the Seawolves have met just once before, on Feb. 19 two seasons ago. The Quakers fell to Stony Brook, 4-3, and trail 1-0 in the all-time series.
The Seawolves were greatly affected by Winter Storm Nemo, as their first two matches of the spring, scheduled for Feb. 9 and 10 in West Point, N.Y., were canceled due to the inclement weather. Stony Brook comes into 2013 after winning the 2012 America East Championship — its first in school history. The defending champions are led by senior Nini Lagvilava, the 2012 America East Player of the Year, and sophomore Polina Movchan, the 2012 Rookie of the Year.