JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Penn dropped the second of its three Florida contests on Wednesday, falling to North Florida 5-2. The Quakers dropped the doubles point to start the match off with an early deficit and could not escape the early hole in singles. The Quakers (5-7) won the first and sixth singles matches to earn their only points of the day, but it was not enough to overcome a very talented North Florida squad.
Penn picked up its only doubles win of the day at number three where Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield teamed up for an 8-4 victory. Lauren Bridges, who filled in for Jaime Yapp-Shing, teamed up with Jules Rodin at number two; however, the new Penn pairing could not come up with the victory in their first time playing together all season.
In the marquee matchup of doubles play, Connie Hsu and Alexa Ely were dealt their first defeat as a doubles team this spring after winning their first seven matches of the spring season together. It was just the duo's third loss of the entire school year. Penn's loss in doubles gave North Florida the momentum and the early 1-0 lead.
Hsu rebounded in her singles match, winning a tough first set, 6-3, before cruising in the second set, 6-0. Rodin also rebounded from an earlier defeat as part of the number two doubles team, to win her match at number six singles. After dropping the first set 6-4, Rodin turned the tables on her opponent, reversing the 6-4 score in her favor to take the second set. With North Florida already having clinched the team victory, Rodin went straight to a tiebreak, which would be a tightly contested battle. Finally, after 22 points had been played, Rodin was able to take the tiebreak 12-10.
Penn struggled to gain any momentum in the second through fifth spots in singles play. Ely was able to have some success in her match at number two, but fell in two tightly contested sets 6-3, 6-4. In the three, four, and five spots, North Florida proved that it has plenty of depth, as it only surrendered five points in these matches.
The Quakers will now have a day of rest on Thursday, before they get back into action on Friday against James Madison. The match with James Madison will be the final of Penn's matches in Florida before the Quakers return to Philadelphia with the Ivy League season rapidly approaching.
UNF 5, Penn 2
No. 1 Aline Berkenbrock/Simona Weymar (UNF) def. Alexa Ely/Connie Hsu (Penn) 8-4
No. 2 Danielle Day/Melanie Aguirre (UNF) def. Lauren Bridges/Jules Rodin (Penn) 8-1
No. 3 Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (Penn) def. Victoria Krook/Melinda Doak (UNF) 8-4
No. 1 #12 Connie Hsu (Penn) def. Aline Berkenbrock (UNF) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 Danielle Day (UNF) def. Alexa Ely (Penn) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Victoria Krook (UNF) def. Stephanie Do (Penn) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Melanie Aguirre (UNF) def. Emma Whitfield (Penn) 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 Simona Weymar (UNF) def. Daniela DePaoli (Penn) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Jules Rodin (Penn) def. Melinda Doak (UNF) 4-6, 6-4 (12-10)