PHILADELPHIA - After opening up the Ivy League slate with Princeton, two more nationally-ranked teams await women's tennis this weekend in Ivy League play. The Quakers will open up their second weekend of Ivy League play on Friday with Yale at 2 p.m. The 27th ranked Bulldogs (12-3, 0-0 Ivy) were Ivy League co-champions last season. On Saturday, Penn will make the trip to Brown for a noon match. The Bears (14-4, 0-0 Ivy) are ranked 53rd in the country and are coming off a split performance last weekend.
Sol Eskenazi won her match at No. 1 singles last weekend against the top-ranked singles player in the Ivy League, Hilary Bartlett. Eskenazi is currently 8-1 at No. 1 this spring with her only loss coming in a match that she was forced to retire from. She has won five matches in a row and has an overall record of 15-3 this season. Stephanie Do has won 10 matches overall, including a 5-4 mark at No. 2 singles this spring. With a win this weekend, she can tie the number of matches that she won as a freshman and pass that mark with two.
Alex Ion will be looking to get another winning streak going after having her five-match winning streak snapped with a 10-point tiebreak loss at Princeton. The freshman has won a team-best 17 matches this season and holds a record of 7-2 at No. 3 singles. Daniela DePaoli has won four matches this spring with all of those victories coming at No. 4. For the season, she has already won a career-best nine matches.
Srinidhi Raghavan has played the last two matches at No. 5 in singles. She has won three matches this spring and five over the course of the season. Emma Whitfield nearly gave Penn a second victory at Princeton, but was edged out in two tightly contested sets. She has won three matches this season. Jules Rodin just focused on doubles in the match against Princeton, but also has three wins to her credit in singles play this spring.
In doubles play, Eskenazi and Rodin will be looking to rebound from a tough loss against the highest-ranked doubles pairing in the Ivy League last weekend. That loss was just the second of the season for Penn's No. 1 pairing that is currently ranked 49th in doubles nationally. They will most likely face the 30th-ranked pairing in the country when they play Yale.
DePaoli and Ion have played No. 2 doubles in each of the last four matches. They have split these four contests after not playing together at all prior to this stretch. Do and Whitfield have played No. 3 doubles together in each of the last five matches, recording two victories in that time.
On Friday, Penn will be tested right out of the gates as Yale has three doubles teams that are ranked nationally at No. 30, No. 61 and No. 74. At the beginning of the spring season, the Bulldogs also had four players ranked in the top-13 of the Northeast Region, including the second and third-ranked players. Elizabeth Epstein is 19-10 overall and has been playing No. 1 singles lately, while Hanna Yu is 20-7 overall and has been playing No. 2 singles.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Brown is led by Misia Krasowski at No. 1 singles. She is 18-10 overall this season and was ranked 14th in the region coming into the spring. Brown also had the No. 10 ranked doubles team in the region at the beginning of the spring season.
After this weekend on the road, the Quakers will be back at home next Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 against Harvard and Dartmouth.
The series with Brown:
Overall: Penn leads, 24-10
At Brown: Penn is 10-6
Last year: Brown won, 6-1
Current streak: Brown has won three in a row
Last Penn win: April 5, 2008 at Brown, 5-2
- Penn had won 11 straight years until the recent Brown streak
- The Bears have never won four in a row vs. Penn
The series with Yale:
Overall: Yale leads, 21-17
At Yale: The Bulldogs are 12-6
Last year: Yale won, 5-2
Current streak: The Bulldogs have won four straight
Last Penn win: April 6, 2007 at home, 5-2
- The Quakers are 15-5 vs. Yale since 1992
- Penn's last four wins against Yale have all been 5-2 finals