PHILADELPHIA - Women's tennis opens up its 2012 Ivy League campaign on the road this Saturday at Princeton with a noon match. The Quakers (5-6) have won two of their last four matches, including wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Lehigh, while being edged out in 4-3 decisions in the most recent losses. Princeton (6-8) comes in as the 70th-ranked team in the latest ITA poll. Having played seven ranked teams in the past eight matches, the Tigers are certainly battle tested.
In doubles, Penn brings an overall mark of 34-32 into play this weekend. The Quakers have taken the doubles point in five matches this season. Establishing themselves as the No. 1 doubles pairing; Sol Eskenazi and Jules Rodin are currently 6-1 playing together at No. 1 doubles. They are currently ranked 49th in the country and own a win over the No. 15 doubles pairing.
Daniela DePaoli and Alex Ion have played No. 2 doubles in the last three matches. They are 2-1 in their only three matches together and are coming off two consecutive 8-3 victories against Lehigh and Temple. Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield have played No. 3 doubles together in the last four matches. They have split their first four matches together this spring with wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Lehigh.
In singles, Eskenazi has held down the No. 1 spot for Penn. She is 14-3 overall, including a 7-1 mark at the top spot this spring. Six of her seven wins this spring and 13 of her 14 victories overall have come in straight sets. Do brings an overall mark of 10-10 into the Princeton dual. At No. 2, Do is 5-3 this spring. She will look to get back on the winning track after having her three-match winning streak snapped in a three-set match against Temple.
Ion has been playing No. 3 lately and has a team-high 17 wins this season. She is 8-3 overall this spring, including a 7-1 mark at her typical No. 3 position. She has won her last five matches. Her most recent victory came in three sets, while the previous four were straight-set victories. DePaoli has won a career-high nine matches this season. Playing primarily at No. 4, the senior is 4-4 at that spot and has split her last four matches.
Srinidhi Raghavan returned to the singles lineup against Temple at No. 5. She has won five matches so far this year. After starting the spring 3-2, Raghavan has taken sets in the last three matches, but has come out on the wrong side of three straight three-set losses. Rodin has split time between No. 5 and No. 6 this spring. She has won three matches overall with all those victories coming in straight sets. Whitfield did not play singles against Temple, but has also won three matches overall this year. In her most recent singles match, she allowed just one game in her victory against Lehigh.
Along with the national team ranking, Hilary Bartlett is ranked 96th in the country for Princeton in singles play, while the pairing of Lindsay Graff and Bartlett is ranked 29th in doubles. Bartlett is the only Ivy player ranked in singles, while the Tigers' No. 1 doubles is the highest-ranked doubles team in the Ivies.
Penn and Princeton met just one time in singles during the fall with Do defeating Katie Goepel in the opening round of the ITA Regional. In last season's dual match, Princeton edged out the Quakers, 4-3. Penn took all three of the doubles matches last season, but came away with just two wins in singles play. The Tigers finished third overall in the Ivy League with a 5-2 record in Ivy play last season.
Just one match is on the Ivy League schedule for Penn this weekend. Next weekend, two more Ivy road matches await the team at Yale and Brown. Penn returns to its home courts the weekend of April 14 and 15.
The series with
Overall: Princeton leads, 21-15
At Princeton: The Tigers are 10-7
Current Streak: Princeton has won three in a row
Last Season: Princeton won, 4-3
Last Penn win: March 29, 2008 at Princeton, 5-2