PHILADELPHIA - After traveling to Florida over spring break, women's tennis hopes that the return to the home courts will also bring a win back to Penn's side. Penn is currently 4-3 in home matches this year. The Quakers played well throughout the trip in Florida, but they just could not pull out the one or two additional victories that they needed to take home the team victory. The Quakers will have one final match before the Ivy League season gets underway as Penn hosts Georgetown on Friday at 2 p.m.
Georgetown, who is currently 3-6, will have a match at Maryland today before it makes the trip into Philadelphia on Friday. The Hoyas have had an up and down season to date and have lost two straight coming into the match with Maryland. Individually, Stephanie Wetmore has been Georgetown's top player to date. She has played nine matches at number one, winning seven. For the entire season, she is 15-6. Lauren Greco also has 10 wins on the season. She is 4-3 to date at the number two position. Additionally, she won her only match of the year at number three.
Penn and Georgetown do not have any common opponents on the season in the format of play they will have on Friday, but both teams did play Virginia Commonwealth in a 4-1 Tournament. Penn and Georgetown did meet up a year ago with Georgetown taking home the victory, 5-2. In the match a year ago, Penn won two of the doubles matches with Daniela DePaoli and Emma Whitfield taking the win at number two and Charlotte Ezratty and Rose Schlecker taking the doubles point with a win at number three. In singles, Ezratty picked up the only win for Penn with her victory in the number four slot.
In this match, Connie Hsu will be looking for her 36th win of the season. Currently, her record sits at 35-2 on the season. Lauren Bridges, DePaoli, and Stephanie Do all come into the match with eight individual victories to date. Emma Whitfield will be looking to earn her 10th win of the season. Jaime Yapp-Shing will also bring a 12-6 record into the competition if she is able to return.
In doubles, Penn was once again strong throughout the spring break. Penn is currently 45-23 on the season in doubles competition. That record includes a 21-12 record during the spring season. At number one doubles, Penn owns a 10-3 record, with Hsu and Alexa Ely owning seven of those wins. The Quakers are also 6-4 at number three doubles, while evenly splitting the 10 matches at number two.
This match with Georgetown will be the final match for the Quakers before they open up the Ivy League schedule. Up first in Ivy League play for Penn will be a meeting with Princeton in New Jersey next Saturday, March 26.