PHILADELPHIA - Women's tennis returns to its home courts this Wednesday for the final non-conference match of the season against Temple at 4 p.m. This match is currently scheduled to be played on the Hamlin Tennis Center courts. Penn (5-5) has won two of its last three matches, including a 7-0 win over Lehigh its last time out. Temple (6-8) has also won two of its last three and is coming off a 6-1 win against Xavier in its last match.
On the strength of six wins in singles against Lehigh, Penn has improved to 60-59 overall in singles play. Sol Eskenazi has returned to her top spot in each of the last three matches. She has won every match since returning and is 6-1 at No. 1 this spring, 13-3 overall. Stephanie Do has also won three matches in a row coming into Wednesday. She is 5-2 at No. 2 this spring and has an overall record of 10-9.
Alex Ion brings the longest Penn singles winning streak into the weekend. She has won four in a row. Playing at No. 3 lately, Ion has compiled an overall mark of 6-1. She has a team-best 16 wins this season. Like the team, Daniela DePaoli has won two of her last three matches. She did not allow a game to her opponent at No. 4 in the last match, the first time in her career. She is 4-3 at No. 4 this season and has won nine matches overall.
Jules Rodin slid into the No. 5 spot during the last match. Against Lehigh, she picked up her first win at that spot, her third win overall this spring. Emma Whitfield picked up her first win of the spring last match against Lehigh. She allowed just one game in the opening set to her opponent. She has three wins overall this season. Srinidhi Raghavan did not play in the last match, but has won three matches this spring playing at both No. 4 and No. 5. She has five wins overall this season.
After three wins in doubles against Lehigh, Penn also moved back above .500 in doubles (32-31 overall). The nationally-ranked duo of Eskenazi and Rodin have held down the No. 1 spot for the majority of the spring. They are a combined 5-1 playing together this spring and are ranked 55th in the country despite not playing any matches together in the fall. Penn is 6-4 overall in No. 1 doubles matches.
DePaoli and Ion have played No. 2 doubles in two of the last three matches. They have split their first two matches and are coming off an 8-3 win against Lehigh. Do and Whitfield have played No. 3 doubles together in each of the last three matches. They are 2-1 so far in those matches, including an 8-1 win against Lehigh.
Temple and Penn have two common opponents to date this season. Temple has beaten Buffalo, 4-3, and fallen to Penn State by that same margin. Penn has dropped matches to both of these squads. The Quakers and Owls also scrimmaged against each other earlier this spring. Yana Mavrina has a team-best 17-11 mark this spring, including an 8-5 mark at No. 1. Temple has six players with at least 10 wins on the roster. In doubles, the Owls have won just 42 percent of their matches. Last season, Penn beat Temple on its home courts, 5-2.
After the non-conference schedule concludes with Temple, Penn will finish out the regular season with seven straight Ivy matches. The Ivy schedule gets underway Saturday, March 31 at Princeton.
The series with Temple
All-time: Penn is
25-5 against Temple
At Penn: The Quakers hold a 20-4 edge
Last season: Penn won, 5-2
Current streak: Penn's win snapped a two-match Temple streak
- Penn has won 13 of the past 15 meetings
- No Quakers winning streak has lasted less than 11 games before being snapped