PHILADELPHIA - Holding strong to a #56 ranking, Penn women’s tennis travels to Maryland this weekend to take on the unranked Terrapins Saturday at 11 a.m. Following a loss to #23 Virginia Commonwealth, the Quakers (2-1) hope to regain the confidence earned in their pair of early home victories. Maryland enters the match with a record of 1-4, and is also hoping to rebound after falling to Virginia Commonwealth in its most recent match.
The 14th ranked duo of Julia Koulbitskaya and Ekaterina Kosminskaya got off to a good start against VCU, winning their first match of the season as partners, 8-5. Following Kosminskaya’s recovery from the flu, the pair continued their fall success, which included two doubles titles. Senior tri-captain Koulbitskaya has been a force in singles and doubles so far in the 2008 season, with solid 3-0 records in both.
Junior captain Michal Amir will lead the Terps, playing in the number one spot. A former ACC player of the week, she will look to build on her current 3-2 record. Amir and doubles partner Karin Lundmark have battled to a record of 2-3 this season, and will be tested against Penn’s top doubles team.
Penn hosted Maryland in the 2007 season, upsetting the #33 Terps, 5-2. The #37 Quakers lost the doubles point, but won in five of the six singles spots.
This story was written by Hannah Rudloff, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and an attack on women's lacrosse team.