PHILADELPHIA – Penn
(2-0) will be back in action for its third and fourth matches of the spring
season this weekend after a long, three-week layoff. The Red and Blue will
welcome Rutgers (1-1) to Philadelphia on Saturday for a noon match, and then on
Sunday they will go head-to-head with defending Atlantic-10 champion Richmond
(1-3), also at noon. The last time the Quakers were on the court, they topped Lehigh
and Saint Joseph’s, both 7-0, in a doubleheader at the Levy Tennis Pavilion on
The Quakers will be led by a trio of young talent, the
oldest being Stephanie Do, a junior co-captain, at second singles and doubles.
Sol Eskenazi, a sophomore, will be playing at first singles and doubles. Rookie
Sonya Latycheva will join Eskenazi at first doubles, and together they make up
the No. 14 ranked pair in the nation, and top-ranked in the northeast region.
Penn leads the Scarlet Knights, 10-2, in the all-time series
and has never lost to them at home, but the two programs have not met since
2000. Rutgers has split its two dual matches this spring, falling to Delaware,
4-3, last week and earning its first win on Thursday, beating Lehigh 7-0. The
Scarlet Knights are led at first singles and doubles by All-Big East junior
Penn leads the all-time series against Richmond, 7-6, but
the teams have split their last four meetings – all were in Philadelphia. The
Red and Blue are 4-4 against the Spiders at home, hitting the .500 mark there
the last time these two teams met on Feb. 11 of last season. Penn won the tight
match, 4-3, getting victories at first, second, third, and sixth singles from Eskenazi,
Do, Alex Ion, and Jules Rodin, respectively. The third doubles team of Daniela
DePaoli and Emma Whitefield also won that day.
Richmond has had a rough start to its season, dropping three
of its four spring matches. The Spiders will come to Levy on Sunday to close
out their Philadelphia tour, as they will also play Temple on Friday and Saint
Joseph’s on Saturday. Entering 2013, Richmond was picked to finish second in
the A-10, and is looking to win its fifth-straight conference title and seventh
of the last 10. The Spiders are led by the 2012 A-10 Rookie of the Year, Melissa
Kandinata, who was recently named the conference player of the week.