PHILADELPHIA - The 2011-12 season saw another young women's tennis team take huge strides forward as it continues its climb to the top of the Ivy League standings. The Quakers won seven matches overall this past spring, including their first win against a nationally-ranked opponent since 2008 when they defeated then-No. 72 Harvard. Penn also defeated Cornell, 5-2, in the final weekend of Ivy League play. Individually, three different players earned All-Ivy accolades this past season.
Penn had another newcomer at No. 1 this past season and for the second year in a row the Quakers had the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Freshman Sol Eskenazi also earned first-team All-Ivy honors, compiling an overall record of 19-5 this past season, including a 12-3 mark at No. 1 during the spring season. All but one of her victories came in straight sets. In doubles, she teamed up with junior team captain Jules Rodin. Despite playing together for the first time this spring, the duo went 10-4 at No. 1 doubles and broke into the national rankings. Penn's top pairing also earned first-team All-Ivy honors. Included in the duo's spring resume were three different wins against pairings that were also ranked in doubles.
Sophomore Stephanie Do was named second-team All-Ivy in her second season at Penn. She won 14 singles matches this past season, including a 9-6 mark at No. 2 during the spring. In Ivy League play, Do won four singles matches, including the match that clinched the team victory against Harvard. In doubles, she won 11 matches between the fall and spring seasons. Her doubles partner, Emma Whitfield, finished the season with four wins in singles and eight wins in doubles. A junior, both of Whitfield's wins came in team wins during the spring, including her three-set match against Harvard that tied the team score at three-all with one match to play.
Freshman Alex Ion won 18 matches in her first season at Penn. She went 8-7 during the spring season at No. 3. Fifteen of her victories came in straight sets. She started out the fall by winning eight of her first nine matches and then won eight of her first 11 in the spring. She also had a win in the team's victory over Cornell in the final weekend. She finished the year with fellow freshman Srinidhi Raghavan as her doubles partner. Raghavan won eight singles matches in her first year at Penn. She finished her debut season strong, winning three of her final four Ivy matches, including a straight-set victory in the comeback against Harvard.
Penn's lone senior this past season was Daniela DePaoli. She won a career-high 10 singles matches and picked up eight victories during her time playing doubles. She won her first two matches in team wins to start the spring schedule and did not allow her opponent a game in the singles match against Lehigh. She also won her final home match of her career on Senior Day against Cornell. Over her four years at Penn, DePaoli won 28 singles matches and 17 doubles matches.
Below is a slideshow highlighting the team's accomplishments from this past season.