CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Women's Tennis continues to grind it out against some of the top teams that the nation has to offer. Penn battled until the last point in every single match, but in the end No. 55 Harvard proved worthy if its national ranking as the Crimson won 6-1 Saturday afternoon in Cambridge. Penn lost the doubles point in the opening and the Crimson took five singles victories en route to the team win.
Alexa Ely and Connie Hsu picked another victory for Penn in the number one doubles position. This was the top duo's 12th win of the spring season together. They are also a perfect 4-0 inside of the Ivy League. Penn would come close to pulling out the victory, but Jaime Yapp-Shing and Daniela DePaoli dropped a hard fought 8-5 match in their first time playing together all season.
In singles, Penn played every match tight, but came up just a couple games short. Hsu managed to pick up her 40th win of the season at the top position; however, it was not easy as the No. 97 player in the nation Holly Cao give her two tight sets. In the end, Hsu would come out on top (7-6, 6-4).
At numbers two through five, Penn would fall in two set matches, but this does not tell the whole story about how close these matches truly were. Yapp-Shing forced her opponent to win a seventh game in the opening set, before losing 6-2 in the second.
Ely played a tight first set that eventually went 6-4 in favor of Harvard and would end up with the same second set result as Yapp-Shing. Stephanie Do played a pair of 6-4 sets at number four, but just could not come out on top in either one. Lauren Bridges faced difficult challenge playing at number five. After a tough first set, she showed huge improvements in the second set before also falling by a 6-4 margin in the end.
Emma Whitfield nearly gave the Quakers their second victory of the day at number six. Whitfield pulled out the tight 7-5 victory in the first set, but had trouble carrying that momentum into the second set. In the tiebreaker, Whitfield gained her confidence back but would fall just short in the 10-8 tiebreak.
Penn will now face another challenging match tomorrow as the Quakers visit nationally ranked Dartmouth. This match will get underway at Noon on Sunday.
1. Alexa Ely/Connie Hsu(P) def. Hideko Tachibana/Kristen Norton(H)
2 Holly Cao/Kristen Morrill(H) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing/Daniela DePaoli(P) 8-5
3. Samantha Rosekrans/Natalie Blosser(H) def. Emma Whitfield/Stephanie Do(P) 8-2
1. Connie Hsu(P) def. Holly Cao(H) 7-6, 6-4
2. Hideko Tachibana(H) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing(P) 7-5, 6-2
3. Kristen Norton(H) def. Alexa Ely(P) 6-4, 6-2
4. Natalie Blosser(H) def. Stephanie Do(P) 6-4, 6-4
5. Samantha Gridley(H) def. Lauren Bridges(P) 6-0, 6-4
6. Kristen Morrill(H) def. Emma Whitfield(P) 5-7, 6-0, 10-8