NEW YORK, N.Y. - Women's tennis closed out the 2011-12 season with a 6-1 loss at the hands of No. 73 Columbia on Sunday afternoon. The Quakers finished the year with seven victories as a team and matched last year's record in the Ivy League by closing strong with wins over Harvard and Cornell in the team's last two weekends of play.
Penn started the day with the 44th-ranked doubles team in the country picking up a hard-fought 8-6 win at No. 1. The Quakers' team point on Sunday came from freshman Srinidhi Raghavan. Raghavan dropped her opening set, but quickly rebounded with a win in the second set. With the team score already decided, Raghavan ensured an individual victory to close out the season when she took a hard-fought 10-point tiebreak in her match at No. 5.
Columbia took the early lead with victories in two of the doubles matches. At No. 2, Alex Ion and Raghavan found themselves down early, 4-1. The freshman duo would take two of the next three games, bringing the match back to 5-3, but those would be the last two games they would win. Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield played a back-and-forth match at No. 3 and were right in their match with the score at 5-4. However, Columbia's third pairing would pull away late in the 8-5 victory.
At No. 1, Eskenazi and Rodin were also locked in a tight back-and forth match. They were down 3-2 after the first five games, but held and broke serve to get the score in their favor at 4-3. They would trade games until the match got to 7-6 in their favor when they took the final game for the 8-6 victory. The victory marked the 10th win together this spring for Penn's No. 1 pairing. They finished with four wins overall at No. 1 in Ivy League doubles.
Moving into singles play, Do won three games in the second after a tough opening set. Despite the loss today, Do finishes her season with a winning record at 14-13, including a 9-6 mark at No. 2 during the spring. She also finished 4-3 in Ivy League singles. Whitfield won three games in her match at No. 6. She won four matches total with one Ivy League win the season.
In a matchup between two Romanian-born players, Ion took three games in her opening set before falling in two. In her freshman season, Ion won 18 matches, including a record of 8-7 at No. 3 singles this spring. Daniela DePaoli played two highly competitive sets in her final match at No. 4. The senior dropped both hard-fought sets, 6-3 & b-4, but ends her final season at Penn with a career-high 10 wins in singles.
In one of the premier matchups of the day, Eskenazi dropped the opening set to the ITA Northeast Regional champion from the fall, 6-2. In the second set, she split the next 10 games evenly, forcing a five-all match, but dropped the next two games in her loss at No. 1 singles. Her opponent, Nicole Bartnik finished the Ivy League season with a 7-0 mark at No. 1. Eskenazi went 19-5 this season, including a 12-3 mark at No. 1 this spring. She won five singles matches in the Ivy League this season.
Raghavan closed the day on a positive note for Penn with her eighth win of the season. In the first set, Penn's freshman and her opponent were tied five-all before her opponent took the next two games. In the second set, Raghavan bounced back with a convincing 6-2 win to force a 10-point tiebreak.
In the tiebreak, Raghavan went up 4-1. Her opponent then tied it at 4-4. At 5-5, Raghavan took the next three games to go up 8-5. Columbia would get the match to 8-7 before Raghavan took the final two points and won the tiebreak, 10-7. She won three of her last four singles matches to finish the season. All of those matches during that span were Ivy League victories.
No. 73 Columbia 6, Penn 1
1: #44 Sol Eskenazi/Jules Rodin (P) def. Bianca Sanon/Tiana Takenaga (C) 8-6
2: Nicole Bartnik/Iani Alecsiu (C) def. Alex Ion/Srinidhi Raghavan (P) 8-3
3: Crystal Leung/Katarina Kovacevic (C) def. Emma Whitfield/Stephanie Do (P) 8-5
1: Nicole Bartnik (C) def. Sol Eskenazi (P) 6-2, 7-5
2: Bianca Sanon (C) def. Stephanie Do (P) 6-1, 6-3
3: Iani Alecsiu (C) def. Alex Ion (P) 6-3, 6-0
4: Katarina Kovacevic (C) def. Daniela DePaoli (P) 6-3, 6-4
5: Srinidhi Raghavan (P) def. Chelsea Davis (C) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)
6: Tiana Takenaga (C) def. Emma Whitfield (P) 6-1, 6-2