PHILADELPHIA - After closing the regular season with Ivy victories in the final two weekends, women's tennis laid claim to four individual Ivy League honors that were split amongst three different players. Sol Eskenazi headlined the awards as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a unanimous selection for first-team All-Ivy in singles. She was also named first-team All-Ivy in doubles, teaming up with junior captain Jules Rodin. Stephanie Do was also honored as a second-team All-Ivy performer in singles. This is the first time since the 2008 season that Penn has had two singles players and one doubles team named All-Ivy.
In winning the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Eskenazi became the fifth women's tennis player at Penn to earn that distinction. With Connie Hsu taking home Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2011, this marks the first time that Penn has had back-to-back Ivy Rookie of the Years in program history. The Quakers become just the second team ever to accomplish that feat and it is just the third time in Ivy history that a team has won back-to-back Rookie of the Year honors. She joins Anastasia Pozdniakova (1997), her current head coach - Sanela Kunovac (2001), Ekaterina Kosminskaya (2007), Hsu (2011) as Penn's previous Rookie of the Year recipients. This also marks the second straight season that Penn has had a first-team All-Ivy doubles pairing after Alexa Ely and Hsu earned this distinction last season.
As a freshman, Eskenazi made her impact felt immediately. She compiled a 19-5 record overall in her first year, including a 5-2 mark in Ivy League play, with all her matches in the spring being played at the No. 1 position. In the fall, she captured the Columbia Flight A singles draw in her first collegiate tournament and also advanced to the semifinals of the Cissie Leary Invitational. In the spring she started off with three straight wins before being forced to retire from a match. She would bounce back though, winning nine of her final eleven matches, going 12-3 during the team portion of the season.
Despite the fact that they only played their first match as doubles partners in February of this year, when Rodin and Eskenazi were paired together, Penn's No. 1 doubles was tough to beat, finishing 10-4 against a very difficult schedule that included four wins against Ivy League opponents. They played a total of four ranked pairings this spring and came out on the winning side in all but one of those matches. Dealing with such a tough schedule in the spring, Eskenazi and Rodin broke into the national rankings into the middle of March and were ranked 48th in the country during the most recent release.
Do won 14 singles matches as a sophomore this past season. In her typical position of No. 2 in the Penn lineup, Do went 9-6 during the spring, including a 4-3 record against Ivy League opponents. Finishing strong, Do definitely played her best tennis of the season during the Ivy League schedule when it mattered most. She finished her second year at Penn by winning four of her last five matches, with three of those wins coming in decisive third sets. Included in that span was the match-clinching victory over then-No. 72 Harvard as she was the last match on court in the Quakers' 4-3 victory over the Crimson. She also avenged a loss from the fall during Penn's 5-2 win over Cornell in the final home match of the season.
Women's tennis won seven matches as a team during the 2011-12 season, including victories over Harvard and Cornell, finishing sixth overall in the Ivy League. The Quakers will return each of their All-Ivy performers next season and six of the seven that played during this past spring.
Complete listing of All-Ivy Teams
Player of the Year
Bartnik, Columbia (Jr., Brandenton, Fla.)
Rookie of the Year
Sol Eskenazi, Penn (Fr., Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Misia Krasowki, Brown (Jr., Deerfield, Ill.)
*Nicole Bartnik, Columbia (Jr., Brandenton, Fla.)
Sarah Leonard, Dartmouth (Jr., Norwalk, Conn.)
*Hideko Tachibana, Harvard (Jr., Canyon Country, Texas)
*Sol Eskenazi, Penn (Fr., Buenos Aires, Argentina)
*Elizabeth Epstein, Yale (Jr., Chicago, Ill.)
*Sarah O'Neil (Jr., Lynnfield, Mass.) and Lauren Frazier (Fr., Greenville, N.C.), Cornell
Sol Eskenazi ( Fr., Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Jules Rodin (Jr., Philadelphia), Penn
Hilary Bartlett (Sr., New York) and Lindsay Graff (Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Princeton
Amber Li (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) and Vicky Brook (Sr., London, England), Yale
Bianca Sanon, Columbia (So., Plantation, Fla.)
Sarah O'Neil, Cornell (Jr., Lynnfield, Mass.)
Kristin Norton, Harvard (Jr., Port Washington, N.Y.)
Stephanie Do, Penn (So., Dallas, Texas)
Lindsay Graff, Princeton (Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Blair Seideman, Yale (So., Brookville, N.Y.)
Bianca Sanon (So., Plantation, Fla.) and Tiana Takenaga (Westminster, Calif.), Columbia
Kristin Norton (Jr., Port Washington, N.Y.) and Hideko Tachibana (Jr., Canyon Country, Texas), Harvard
Elizabeth Epstein (Jr., Chicago, Ill.) and Annie Sullivan (So., Deerfield, Ill.), Yale
* - Unanimous Selection