PHILADELPHIA - Penn freshman Connie Hsu didn't drop a set in her impressive run to capture the singles championship at the ITA Northeast Regional, which concluded Tuesday on the campus of Dartmouth.
In the final, Hsu predictably had her toughest match of the tournament. Facing off against Binghamton's Anna Edelman, she took the first set 7-5 and then captured the second, 7-6, by winning the tiebreaker in convincing 7-0 fashion.
"I am really happy about winning this tournament," said Hsu. "In the finals I knew my opponent was going to be hard to defeat, because she was a powerful, and smart player. My main strategy was to keep her behind the baseline; hitting deep consistent shots so that she couldn't attack too much. I also had to incorporate other strategies through out the match, because she kept changing her game style. [Head Coach] Sanela [Kunovac] did a great job of cheering and giving me excellent tips that ultimately helped me win my match."
Hsu's performance in the ITA Regional is the best for a Penn women's tennis player in fall competition since former Quaker Alice Pirsu reached the quarterfinals of the 2001 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
Hsu had to go up against Molly Scott of host Dartmouth in the semifinals. She made quick work of the Big Green senior, dispatching of Scott and advancing to the final without giving up a single point, 6-0, 6-0.
To reach the semifinals, Hsu had to first go through Blair Seideman of Yale in the round of 16, winning in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1. In the quarterfinals she matched up against Bianca Aboubakare of Brown, taking care of the senior 6-1, 6-1.
This tournament concludes Penn's fall season and the team opens play in the spring when the Quakers take on Drexel, January 19 in the Levy Tennis Pavilion.