HANOVER, N.H. - For five consecutive Ivy League matches women's tennis has faced nationally ranked opponents, but Penn has refused to give any ground in that span. Penn nearly stole the doubles point to start off the match on Sunday and came away with two victories in singles, falling 5-2 against No. 75 Dartmouth.
Like they have done so many times throughout the spring, Alexa Ely and Connie Hsu picked up a victory at number one singles. The duo is now 13-1 this spring after its 8-4 victory on Sunday. Jaime Yapp-Shing and Daniela DePaoli played well as a combo for the second day in a row, but fell just short, 8-5.
Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield, playing number three doubles, got their match to seven-all, but would drop the last two games and ultimately come up on the wrong side of the 9-7 score. With the victory, Dartmouth took the early lead coming into singles competition.
Hsu defeated Molly Scott of Dartmouth for the second time this season on Sunday. The two had meet in the ITA Regional semi-finals in the fall and Hsu once again defeated Scott this time around (6-0, 6-4).
Penn would take a couple of tough losses at numbers two, five, and six and with those matches in hand Dartmouth got the four points it needed to win the match.
Undeterred, Penn continued to fight in the final two matches of the day. Do, playing at number four, forced a tiebreak in the first set of her match, but fell in the first-set tiebreak to go down a set. She continued to battle hard in the second, but fell 6-3 in the final set.
Ely capped the day on a positive note for Penn. After going back and forth in the first set, the Quaker's captain came up just short in the first set, 7-5. In the second set, she turned the momentum of the match in her favor on the way to a 6-1 victory in the second set. With the team score already decided, Ely played a 10-point tiebreak to determine the outcome at number three and did not lose any of her momentum from the end of the second set. She would take the tiebreak by a 10-7 final, giving Penn its second team point of the match.
Penn will now have two more matches to try and capture that elusive Ivy League victory. The Quakers will travel to Ithaca, N.Y. this Friday, April 15 for a 3 p.m. match with Cornell. After that, Penn will return to its home courts to host Columbia at noon in the regular season finale.
1. No. 23 Connie Hsu (P) def. Molly Scott (D) 6-0, 6-4
2. Sarah Leonard (D) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) 6-2, 6-3
3. Alexa Ely (P) def. Melissa Matsuoka (D) 5-7, 6-1, 10-7
4. Ryan Reichel (D) def. Stephanie Do (P) 7-6 (3), 6-3
5. Georgiana Smyser (D) def. Lauren Bridges (P) 6-2, 6-2
6. Christina Danosi (D) def. Daniela DePaoli (P) 6-0, 6-2
1. Alexa Ely/Connie Hsu (P) def. Molly Scott/Melissa Matsuoka (D) 8-4
2) Ryan Reichel/Georgiana Smyser (D) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing/Daniela DePaoli (D) 8-5
3) Jeri Reichel/Christina Danosi (D) defeated Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (P) 9-7