PHILADELPHIA - Playing its third nationally ranked team in a row to open up the Ivy League season, women's tennis battled throughout the match, but Brown proved that it was just too deep on Saturday afternoon. Playing a match that was scheduled to be outdoors, but moved inside at the last minute, Penn (6-11, 0-3 Ivy) took one singles match and one doubles match in the 6-1 defeat at the hands of No. 43 Brown (13-6, 2-0 Ivy).
The top duo of Connie Hsu and Alexa Ely once again came through to give Penn a victory at the top doubles spot. This match was any but routine for Penn's top pairing. With the match tied at seven all, Ely and Hsu went into a tiebreaker. Penn's duo would then rally to pull out the tiebreak by a 7-3 score, earning the victory at number one singles. This was the pairings 11th win of the spring and 25th of the season together.
At number three, Emma Whitfield and Stephanie Do were in the match the entire time, but just could not pull it out in the end, falling 8-6. The loss at number three, coupled with the defeat at number two doubles would give Brown the doubles point and the early lead.
In singles, Hsu picked up her 39th win of the year at number one. Her opponent kept the score tight throughout the match, but the Penn freshman would earn the straight set victory in the end.
At numbers two through four, Penn provided a stiff challenge to their nationally ranked opponents in every match. At number two, Jaime Yapp-Shing started out the match with a 6-4 win in the first set. In the second, her opponent would pull out a 6-3 victory and force a tiebreak. Not being able to play a complete third set would end up hurting Penn as Yapp-Shing kept it close, but fell just short despite playing impressive tennis throughout her match.
In the matchup at number three, Ely also kept the match tight throughout. After dropping the first set 6-3, the senior captain came back strong in the second set to force a tiebreak. In that tiebreak, Ely could not overcome her opponent, giving Brown the win.
At number four, Do dropped her second three-set match in as many days, proving she is right there with her opponents. Like Yapp-Shing, Do started out with a win in the first set 6-2, but her opponent reversed the 6-2 score in her favor in the second set. The third set was the tightest of them all, but Brown would come away with the hard fought 6-4 victory in that decisive set.
At number five, following an impressive victory on Friday, Lauren Bridges played well again, but Brown would end up with the win. Whitfield had another tough draw for the second consecutive day, giving Brown the win at number six.
The Quakers will now hit the road in search of their first Ivy League victory of the season. This Saturday, the team will travel to Harvard for a 2 p.m. start time. Following that match the team will head to Dartmouth on Sunday for a noon matchup.
1: No. 23 Connie Hsu (P) def. Misia Krasowski (B) 6-4, 6-3
2: Bianca Aboubakare (B) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (7)
3: Casey Herzberg (B) def. Alexa Ely (P) 6-3, 7-6 (1)
4: Jessica Harrow (B) def. Stephanie Do (P) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
5: Ariel Caldwell (B) def. Lauren Bridges (P) 6-2, 6-3
6: Julie Flanzer (B) def. Emma Whitfield (P) 6-1, 6-2
1: Alexa Ely/Connie Hsu (P) def. Bianca Aboubakare/Jessica Harrow (B) 8-7 (7-3)
2: Ariel Caldwell/Casey Herzberg (B) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing/Jules Rodin (P) 8-3
3: Julie Flanzer/Misia Krasowski (B) def. Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (P) 8-6