NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Playing against the 27th-ranked team in the country, women's tennis fell to Yale, 7-0, to open its first full weekend of Ivy League play. The Quakers' top pairing in the doubles competition, Sol Eskenazi and Jules Rodin, upset the No. 30 doubles team in the country to give Penn one of the three early matches, but the Bulldgos would show their depth in the remaining doubles matches and carry that momentum into singles.
Eskenazi and Rodin won their match at No. 1 doubles in convincing 8-4 fashion. After going back-and-forth early on, Penn's top team would eventually gain control of the match late and never look back. In the process, Eskenazi and Rodin moved to 7-2 together this season and now have wins over two nationally ranked doubles teams.
At No. 3 doubles, Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield gave Yale's deep doubles team a battle up until the very end. Despite being down 7-3, Penn's third doubles team held serve and broke their opponent's serve, taking five games total for the match, before falling, 8-5. In the middle doubles, Penn was unable to take a game and Yale won the doubles point with victories in two of the three matches.
After a big win in doubles, Eskenazi got off to a great start in her match at No. 1 singles. The freshman would jump up early with a dominating 6-1 win in the first set. However, her opponent would turn that score around on her in the second to tie the match at one-all. In the decisive third set, Eskenazi would rebound and take three games in that set, but Yale's No. 1 showed her veteran poise in the win, taking the final set, 6-3.
At No. 2 singles, Do would also give her opponent a tightly-contested match. Playing against the third-ranked player in the region, she would take three games in her first set before falling, 6-3. The second set was even tighter as Do took four games this time, but one break would be the difference in the 6-4 second set loss.
Alex Ion battled the 13th-ranked player in the region to a 6-3 first set at No. 3. She wound up taking four games total in her match, but suffered just her third loss of the year at this position on Friday. Daniela DePaoli also played a very tight opening set with her opponent at No. 4, but ultimately fell, 6-4. In the second set, she would take one additional game.
At No. 5 and No. 6, Yale showcased the depth that a perennial top-25 team possesses. In each of these matches Srinidhi Raghavan and Whitfield opened up with 6-1 defeats and were unable to capture any games in the second sets of their matches.
There will be no time to rest as Penn
now travels to No. 53 Brown to take on another nationally-ranked team tomorrow
afternoon at noon.
#27 Yale 7, Penn 0
1: Elizabeth Epstein (Y) def. Sol Eskenazi (P), 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
2: Hanna Yu (Y) def. Stephanie Do (P), 6-3, 6-4
3: Blair Seideman (Y) def. Alex Ion (P), 6-3, 6-1
4: Stephanie Kent (Y) def. Daniela DePaoli (P), 6-4, 6-1
5: Victoria Brook (Y) def. Srinidhi Raghavan (P), 6-1, 6-0
6: Annie Sullivan (Y) def. Emma Whitfield (P), 6-1, 6-0
1: #49 Sol Eskenazi/Jules Rodin (P) def. #30 Hanna Yu/Victoria Brook (Y), 8-4
2: #61 Elizabeth Epstein/Annie Sullivan (Y) def. Alex Ion/Daniela DePaoli (P), 8-0
3: Blair Seideman/Stephanie Kent (Y) def. Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (P), 8-5