COLLEGE PARK #56 Penn once again proved that its depth in doubles will be a difference maker this season as the Red and Blue defeated Maryland, 4-3, in College Park Saturday morning.
The two teams spilt the singles matches with each team taking three. With the singles matches a wash, the final result was determined by the three doubles matches held earlier in the day.
At number one doubles, Penn’s 14th-ranked team of Julia Koulbitskaya and Ekaterina Kosminskaya defeated Michal Amir and Lisa Miller, 8-4. The Quakers dropped a close match at number two doubles, with Yulia Rivelis and Amanda Avedissian falling to Maggie MacKeever and Julia Huschke, 7-9. The doubles point came down to the third match, and Penn’s team of Michelle Mitchell and Charlotte Tansill secured the deciding point with an 8-4 win over Adela Matejkova and Karin Lundmark.
In singles, Penn was led by Koulbitskaya at number three singles. The senior tri-captain defeated Huschke, 7-5, 6-1. Other winners in singles for the Red and Blue were Mitchell, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Miller, and freshman Alexa Ely, who won a three-setter over fellow first-year player Oksana Krutiyenko, 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3.
With the win, Penn’s record in 2008 now stands at 3-1. The Terps fall to 1-5. The Quakers are now off until the first match of their Spring Break trip to California. The Red and Blue head to the West Coast for five matches over eight days. Up first for the Quakers will be San Diego State on March 8 at 3 p.m. EST.
#56 Penn (3-1) def. Maryland (1-5) 4-3
Doubles Penn wins, 2-1
1. Kosminskaya/Koulblitskaya (Penn) def. Amir/Miller (MD), 8-4
2. MacKeever/Huschke (MD) def. Rivelis/Avedissian (Penn), 9-7
3. Tansill/Mitchell (Penn) def. Matejkova/Lundmark (MD), 8-4
1. Amir (MD) def. Kosminskaya (Penn), 6-4, 6-4
2. Lundmark (MD) def. Rivelis (Penn), 7-5, 6-4
3. Koulblitskaya (Penn) def. Huschke (MD), 7-5, 6-1
4. MacKeever (MD) def. Tansill (Penn), 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
5. Mitchell (Penn) def. Miller (MD), 6-3, 6-2
6. Ely (Penn) def. Krutiyenko (MD), 6-1, 6-7, 6-3