Chao Earns Third All-Ivy Honor; Two Freshmen Also Named to Ancient Eight Team

Philadelphia – Three members of the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team earned All-Ivy honors for the 2005 season. Freshman Yulia Rivelis was named to the first-team for singles while the doubles team of senior Shelah Chao and freshman Julia Koulbitskaya also earned first-team honors. Koulbitskaya pulled double duty when the awards were voted on, as she was also named second-team All-Ivy for her singles play.

Rivelis, a native of San Francisco, Calif., compiled a 3-4 mark against Ivy League competition at the No. 1 position to earn first-team honors. To begin her collegiate career, Rivelis advanced to the semifinals of the Cissie Leary Invitational. She also advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Eastern Regional and the USTA/NTC Invitational in the fall. She had a 7-10 singles record during the spring season and a 17-14 mark overall.

For Chao, it was the second-consecutive first-team All-Ivy doubles honor of her career. The Medford, N.J. native was also named second-team All-Ivy doubles in 2003. Teamed with Koulbitskaya this season, the two held an overall spring mark of 6-6 at the No. 1 position, as well as compiling a 4-3 record in Ivy League play.

On the singles front, Koulbitskaya had a 3-4 Ivy League record in the No. 2 position to earn the second-team honor. She was ranked No. 84 in the nation after the fall season and moved to No. 81 to open the spring campaign. She defeated three opponents for a spot in the semifinals of the ITA Eastern Regional after falling in the singles final of the Cissie Leary Invitational, her first collegiate event. Koulbitskaya, from Locust Valley, N.Y., finished the year with an overall singles mark of 17-13, including an 8-11 spring record.

The Quakers closed out 2005 with a No. 56 national ranking. They finished the season with an overall record of 11-6 and a 5-2 mark in League play. The Red and Blue finished second in the Ancient Eight standings and closed out Ivy competition with three-consecutive victories.

Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant