JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Women's Tennis dropped another tight match Friday against James Madison, 5-2. This was the third consecutive loss for the Quakers on the road trip, but despite the end result, Penn was very competitive throughout the match.
In the doubles action, despite the absence of two regulars, Connie Hsu and Jaime Yapp-Shing, Penn still managed to take two of the three matches and capture the early lead. Daniela DePaoli, filling in for Hsu, teamed up with Alexa Ely at the number one position. Despite this being DePaoli's first doubles match of the spring and also the first of the entire season with Ely, the Penn duo did not miss a beat on its way to securing an 8-6 win.
With Penn taking the 1-0 advantage into doubles competition, James Madison turned the tables on the Quakers with two straight-set victories to begin singles play at number three and number five. These two matches gave James Madison the 2-1 advantage with four matches to go.
James Madison would continue that momentum into the number two and number four matches, also winning these in straight sets. Whitfield played both of the sets in her match at number four close to her opponent, but just could not come through with enough points to turn the match in her favor, falling 6-4 in both the first and second sets.
Ely also put up an incredible fight at number one, filling in for Hsu's normal spot in the order. Ely, who had played number one in the past, dropped the first set 6-2, but roared back to tie the second set at five games all. However, she would drop the next two games to lose the set 7-5.
Lauren Bridges ended the match on a positive note for Penn with her victory at number six. After finding herself tied at five-all in the first set of her match, Bridges went on to win the next two games, capturing the one set advantage. In the second set, she again played well, but dropped this tightly contested set, 6-4. In the final set, Bridges would again face tough competition to decide the match. She would however go on to capture that decisive set and take home the lone victory in singles for Penn.
Penn now returns to Philadelphia where it will have one more non-conference matchup against Georgetown this Friday, March 18 against Georgetown at 2 p.m. After that match, Penn will get into the Ivy League Portion of its schedule, starting with Princeton at home on March 26.
James Madison 5 Penn 2
1: Alexa Ely/Daniela DePaoli (Penn) def. Kinsey Pate/Michelle Nguyen (JMU) 8-6
2: Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (Penn) def. Katherine Bulling/Leah DeMasters (JMU) 8-6
3: Jacqueline Palmucci/Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) def. Jules Rodin/Lauren Bridges (Penn) 8-3
1: Kinsey Pate (JMU) def. Alexa Ely (Penn) 6-2, 7-5
2: Michelle Nguyen (JMU) def. Stephanie Do (Penn) 7-5, 6-2
3: Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) def. Daniela DePaoli (Penn) 6-1, 6-1
4: Megan Douglass (JMU) def. Emma Whitfield (Penn) 6-4, 6-4
5: Katherine Bulling (JMU) def. Jules Rodin (Penn) 6-3, 6-1
6: Lauren Bridges (Penn) def. Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) 7-5, 4-6, (1-0) 10-6