PHILADELPHIA - After several close matches over the past two weeks, Penn finally came out on the winning end of one of these tight matches with a 4-3 victory over Georgetown. This match also marked the end of the non-conference schedule for the Quakers. The first home outdoor match of the season did not get off to the kind of start Penn would have hoped for, but it turned the momentum in the team's favor winning four of the six singles matches to take home the team victory
In doubles, Connie Hsu and Alexa Ely got Penn the early win with their 8-2 victory in the number one match. This was Hsu and Ely's 22nd win of the season together. At number two and three, Penn dropped both matches by the final of 8-6. Both matches could have gone either way right until the very end, but Georgetown was able to pull out both of the matches and claim the doubles point.
With Penn down 1-0 to start the singles competition, Hsu quickly evened the team score with her victory at the top spot. This was her 36th victory on the season and runs her consecutive win streak to 13.
Emma Whitfield 's 10th victory of the season gave Penn the 2-1 lead after two singles matches. Whitfield was very impressive in the number five position, winning 6-0 & 6-1.
Georgetown would even up the team score for the second time on the day with its victory in the number six match. This left the team score tied at 2-2 with the final three singles matches of the day heading into decisive third sets. Whichever team was able to pull out two of these tight matches would take home the victory on the day.
Ely gave Penn one of the two necessary victories with her win at number two. Ely had a rough first set, but turned the match in her favor with consecutive victories in the second and third set.
Jaime Yapp-Shing would then clinch the match with her victory at the number three singles match, giving Penn its fourth victory in singles on the day. Yapp-Shing played two tight sets to begin the match, winning the first before losing the second. However, in the third set, Yapp-Shing stepped up her game to another level, winning the decisive set 6-1 to clinch the match for the Quakers.
With the match in hand, Lauren Bridges continued to battle and try to give Penn a fifth victory on the day, but she would drop the decisive set in her match, giving Georgetown two wins in singles to compliment its doubles point.
Coming off of a victory, Penn will look toward the Ivy League season which begins next Saturday against Princeton. That match will get underway at noon.
Penn 4 Georgetown 3
1: No. 20
(P) def. Stephanie Wetmore (G) 6-3, 6-0
2: Alexa Ely (P) def. Vicky Sekely (G) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
3: Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) def. Lauren Greco (G) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
4: Tina Tehrani (G) def. Lauren Bridges (P) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
5: Emma Whitfield (P) def. Ally Landers (G) 6-0, 6-1
6: Maddie Jaeger (G) def. Jules Rodin (P) 6-0, 6-3
(P) def. Stephanie Wetmore/Lauren Greco (G) 8-2
2: Vicky Sekely/Tina Tehrani (G) def. Jules Rodin /Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) 8-6
3: Alex Sebia/Maddie Jaeger (G) def. Emma Whitfield / Stephanie Do (P) 8-6