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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team (9-5, 1-2 Ivy) is preparing for its penultimate weekend of Ivy League play this Saturday and Sunday. First the Quakers will head to Hanover, N.H. to face Dartmouth (7-6, 0-2). They follow that up the next day in Cambridge, Mass. at Harvard (9-5, 1-1) – both matches are scheduled to begin at noon each day.
The last time Penn met the Big Green was on April 15 of last season. The Red and Blue dropped a tight one at Hamlin, 4-3, to Dartmouth – they swept the doubles point but dropped four of six in singles play. The Quakers lead the all-time series 20-14 but the two teams have played to a .500 record in Hanover.
As for the Crimson, Penn took the most recent match, 4-3, on April 14 of last season in Philadelphia when Harvard was ranked No. 72 in the country. Despite only winning one of three doubles matches that day and dropping the point, the Quakers went on two win four of six in singles play. The Red and Blue head into Sunday’s match trailing Harvard 26-9 in the all-time series.
Penn is lead by their top doubles duo of Sol Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva (12-1, 3-0). The No. 41-ranked pair has won its last nine matches, the last three of which were in Ivy play. The sophomore-freshman twosome has teamed up against Harvard once before this season for their first victory together – they defeated Harvard’s top doubles team in the opening Flight A match of the Columbia Invitational, 8-4.
Eskenazi (10-3, 2-1) has also been consistent in carrying Penn during singles play, winning her last two matches at first singles. Stephanie Do (8-6, 0-3) is looking to bounce back after a rough stretch in which she has dropped her last three matches. Latycheva (9-4, 1-2) will also look to get back to the success that she’s had for much of the spring season, winning seven straight at one point before losing her last two.