PHILADELPHIA - After a tough three-match stretch against nationally-ranked opponents to open up the Ivy League season on the road, women's tennis will be hoping that a return to the home courts can reverse some of the tight individual scores in its own favor. The Quakers are currently 4-3 this season on their home courts. Harvard (9-4, 2-0 Ivy) is ranked 72nd in the country and comes in riding a four-match winning streak. Dartmouth (7-9, 1-1 Ivy) split a pair of 4-3 matches vs. Columbia and Cornell this past weekend.
Saturday's match with Harvard will start at 2 p.m., while the match on Sunday with Dartmouth will begin at noon.
In singles, freshman Sol Eskenazi is currently 2-1 in the Ivy League at No. 1 after splitting her two matches on the road last weekend. Her loss last weekend was her first loss in a completed match this spring after she was forced to retire from another match. She is 9-2 this spring with all her matches coming at No. 1. For the year, she is 16-4 overall. Playing at No. 2, Stephanie Do has compiled a 6-5 record in that position. She picked up her first Ivy League victory of the season with a three-set win in her last match against Brown. For the year, she has won 11 matches.
Alex Ion brings a team-high 17 wins into this weekend's matches. The freshman is 8-6 overall this spring, including a 7-4 record in matches played at No. 3. All but two of her victories, 15 of 17 overall, have come in straight sets this season. She will be looking for her first Ivy League win this weekend. Daniela DePaoli, playing No. 4 lately, has recorded four wins this spring. She also won five matches in the fall for a season total of nine victories.
Freshman Srinidhi Raghavan has played No. 5 singles in each of the first three Ivy matches. She has yet to pick up an Ivy win, but does have three total victories this spring, all coming in straight sets. For the year, she has won five matches. Jules Rodin and Emma Whitfield each played one match at No. 6 singles last weekend. Whitfield played in the match on Friday against Yale, while Rodin played in the match on Saturday at Brown, dropping a hard-fought three-set match. Both Rodin and Whitfield have three singles victories.
In doubles, Rodin and her partner Eskenazi have played No. 1 doubles in each of the past seven matches and have compiled an overall record of 7-3 together as the top doubles team. With a win over the then-30th-ranked doubles pairing from Yale, Eskenazi and Rodin have now beaten two ranked pairings this year. The win against Yale was their first of the Ivy League season. They are currently ranked 38th in the country.
Rounding out the doubles teams, DePaoli/Ion (No. 2) and Do/Whitfield (No. 3) have been playing together since early March. Penn's second team has two victories playing together this spring and nearly picked up their third victory in doubles against Brown before being edged out, 8-6. Do and Whitfield also have two victories together since joining forces this spring.
The Crimson have just cracked the national rankings during their latest surge and have four players that have won at least 11 matches this season. Camille Jania (16-3) leads the team in wins and is a perfect 9-0 record this spring with most of her matches coming at No. 3. Hideko Tachibana has played No. 1 in each of the team's first two matches, splitting those matches with her loss coming in three sets to Columbia's Nicole Bartnik. In doubles, the Crimson are 40-22 overall. They also have the 48th-ranked doubles team in the country.
Dartmouth brings four players that have won at least 10 matches this season. Janet Liu has won a team-high 13 matches. Last weekend, she split her time between the No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions. Sarah Leonard has played No. 1 in each of the first two Ivy matches, splitting two tightly-contested matches against Cornell and Columbia. In doubles, the Big Green are a cumulative 34-36.
This weekend marks the second to last weekend of Ivy League play for the Quakers. Next weekend, the team will wrap up its schedule with a home match against Cornell on Friday, April 20 followed by a trip to Cornell that Sunday to finish out the regular season.
The series with
Overall: The Crimson lead, 26-8
At Penn: Harvard leads, 12-3
Current streak: Harvard has won three in a row
Last season: Harvard won, 6-1
Last Penn win: April 11, 2008 at Penn, 6-1
The series with
Overall: Penn leads, 20-13
At Penn: The Quakers are 12-4
Current Streak: Dartmouth has won three in a row, snapping Penn's 14-match winning streak
Last season: Dartmouth won, 5-2
Last Penn win: April 12, 2008 at Penn, 5-2