PHILADELPHIA - The women's tennis team opened the Hamlin Tennis Center in style Wednesday afternoon, cruising past Lehigh in the first-ever team dual to be contested at the new facility. The Quakers (5-5) did not drop a singles or doubles match on the way to their second 7-0 win of the season.
Penn got things going early on when the team lost just a combined six games in the doubles competition. Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield teamed up for the third straight time and quickly went up 7-0 in their match. They would concede one game, but quickly rebound in the next, winning the No. 3 doubles, 8-1.
Sol Eskenazi and Jules Rodin would give Penn its second doubles match with a win at No. 1. The top duo was down 2-1 early, but ran off seven straight games in the 8-2 win. That victory improved their record together to 5-1 this spring.
After wrapping up the doubles point, Daniela DePaoli and Alex Ion would give Penn a clean sweep in the doubles play. Shortly after Rodin and Eskenazi finished their match, Penn's second pairing would put the final touches on its 8-3 victory for their first win together in just the second match they played as doubles partners.
Eskenazi would give Penn the first team dual singles win at the Hamlin Tennis Center as she did not drop a game on the way to her 13th victory of the year, her sixth at No. 1 this spring. This was the first time all spring she did not drop a game and second match overall this season, dating back to the fall. Whitfield would then put Penn up 3-0 with her win at No. 6. She dropped just one game in her match, picking up her third win of the season and first this spring.
DePaoli would finish up her match third, but did not allow a game in the process. This was DePaoli's ninth win this season, breaking her career high for wins in a season. It was also her first collegiate match where she did not allow a game. Ion also did not allow a game in her first set. She would then take her second set, 6-2, for her 16th win of the year. The win improved her record at No. 3 singles to 6-1 in the process.
Rodin went up a set with a 6-3 win to open her match at No. 5 singles. She would then concede just two games in her second set on the way to her third victory of the spring. Playing up at No. 5 in the lineup, this was Rodin's highest-ranked win since her freshman campaign at Penn.
Do would then make it a perfect ten-for-ten in matches won with her victory at No. 2 singles. The sophomore opened her match up with a 6-2 win in the first set. In the second, Do jumped in front early, but her opponent rallied to tie the match at five-all. However, Do would finish strong, taking the next two games for her 10th win of the year. She is now 5-2 at No. 2 singles this spring.
Back to an even win-loss record, Penn will look to get its winning record back next week when Temple visits Penn on Wednesday, March 21 for a 4 p.m. match. This will serve as the final non-conference match of the season. After the meeting with Temple, only Ivy League matches remain on the schedule.
Penn 7, Lehigh 0
1: Sol Eskenazi/Jules Rodin (P) def. Jenai Bilimoria/Elizabeth Piscitelli (L), 8-2
2: Daniela DePaoli/Alex Ion (P) def. Abby Farrell/Kathleen Larkin (L), 8-3
3: Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (P) def. Molly Brooks/Jill Sloand (L), 8-1
1: Sol Eskenazi (P) def. Jenai Bilimoria (L), 6-0, 6-0
2: Stephanie Do (P) def. Abby Farrell (L), 6-2, 7-5
3: Alex Ion (P) def. Elizabeth Piscitelli (L), 6-0, 6-2
4: Daniela DePaoli (P) def. Gabby Drucker (L), 6-0, 6-0
5: Jules Rodin (P) def. Kathleen Larkin (L), 6-3, 6-2
6: Emma Whitfield (P) def. Jill Sloand (L), 6-1, 6-0