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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team (10-6, 2-3 Ivy) split its Ivy League road weekend on Sunday afternoon. After topping Dartmouth 5-2 on Saturday, the Quakers were unable to do the same against Harvard (10-6, 2-2) in Cambridge, Mass., falling 4-3 to the Crimson.
Things started out great for Penn, as the Red and Blue won the doubles point by taking two of three. Sol Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva (14-1, 5-0) continued their red hot winning streak, taking first doubles in the first completed match of the day, 8-5. The victory was the young duo’s 11th in a row as they stay undefeated in Ivy play. Third doubles was next to finish but Harvard was able to even the count at one apiece when Katherine Jania and Jaime Yapp-Shing (0-4, 0-3) fell, 8-2. Stephanie Do and Alex Ion (6-3, 3-2) won their second consecutive match to earn the doubles point for Penn, winning second doubles 8-4.
Singles did not go as well for the Quakers as they fell behind early, losing the first three matches and needed to win the last three for the overall victory. Srinidhi Raghavan (0-5, 0-4) dropped the first match at sixth singles in straight sets and Do (9-7, 1-4) was the next fall in straight sets at second singles. Yapp-Shing (6-4, 2-2) fell at fourth singles in straight sets as well, despite pushing the second set to a three-game tiebreak.
Penn would have to sweep the last three matches in order to win the tight overall match. Things started well as Latycheva (11-4, 3-2) won her match at third singles in three sets first. Then Eskenazi (12-3, 4-1) would finish her match at first singles with a three-set win as well, meaning Penn needed to win at fifth singles to take the match.
Ion (6-9, 1-3) took the early lead in her match, winning the first set, but dropped the second set. Tied at one set apiece, Ion found herself in a tiebreak in the final set for the overall decision. Unfortunately the sophomore fell in the five-game tiebreak and the Red and Blue dropped the overall match 4-3.
The Quakers will be back on the courts when they return to Hamlin on April 19 for a meeting with Columbia. The match is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Then two days later on April 21, Penn will travel to Ithaca, N.Y. for its final Ivy match of the season. The match with Cornell is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Harvard 4, Penn 3
1. Sol Eskenazi (P) def. Hideko Tachibana (H); 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
2. Amy He (H) def. Stephanie Do (P); 6-4, 6-2
3. Sonya Latycheva (P) def. Kristin Norton (H); 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
4. Hai-Li Kong (H) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing (P); 6-0, 7-6(3)
5. Sylvia Li (H) def. Alex Ion (P); 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-6(5)
6. Amanda Lin (H) def. Srinidhi Raghavan (P); 6-2, 6-1
1. Eskenazi/Latycheva (P) def. Norton/Tachibana (H); 8-3
2. Do/Ion (P) def. He/Li (H); 8-4
3. Kong/Morrill (H) def. Katherine Jania/Yapp-Shing (P); 8-2