PHILADELPHIA - In a match that was much more competitive than the final score indicated, women's tennis lost to 28th ranked Yale 5-2. The Quakers (6-10, 0-2 Ivy) nearly stole the doubles point early on and were competitive throughout the singles lineup all afternoon. But in the end, Yale (16-3, 1-0 Ivy) proved its talents as the Bulldogs came away with the victory.
Doubles has been the strength of the Penn team all year long and the Penn duos nearly pulled out another early point against their nationally ranked opponents. Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield teamed up at number three and were in every game, but just could not put enough points together, falling 8-3.
At number one doubles, Connie Hsu and Alexa Ely fell down in the early 2-0 hole, but battled back to tie the match at five all. The top duos would trade the next four games and end up in a seven all match. From there, Hsu and Ely took the next two games on the way to the tight 9-7 win to give each team a doubles win with just the second doubles pairings yet to finish.
Jules Rodin and Jaime Yapp-Shing hung tough the entire way at the number two, bringing their match score to 6-5 in favor of Yale after 11 games. The two sides would then trade games to make the score 7-6 after 13 games. However, Yale would hold serve in the final game to hang on for the 8-6 victory, which gave Yale the doubles point to start the match.
Yale extended its lead to 2-0 with the first victory of the singles competition at number five. Hsu cut the deficit in half with her victory in the top singles match. Hsu won the first set 6-4, before really finding her grove in the second set on the way to a 6-1 victory, giving her 38 wins on the season and 15 in the spring season.
At number two, Yapp-Shing did not give any ground to her nationally ranked opponent, but would come up on the short end of the 6-3 score in both of her sets. Ely nearly pulled out the first set in her match at number three, but would end up dropping the set 6-4. In the second set, Ely's opponent was nearly flawless on her way to victory.
At number four, Do bounced back quickly from a disappointing first set to take the second set by a 7-5 score. In the decisive third set, Do would not be able to duplicate her second set performance and would lose in three sets.
Lauren Bridges would then send the home crowd away with a solid victory over the Yale captain to end the night. In a match that long outlasted any of the others, Bridges and her opponent battled for every rally and point. In the first set, Bridges went to a tiebreak, but would come away with the victory in that tiebreak, taking the first set. The second set was nearly as tight, but the score would go in Yale's favor, 7-5. With the team result already decided, Bridges and her opponent went immediately to a 10-point tiebreak to decide the winner. However, 10 points would still not be enough as it took an 11-9 margin in the ultimate tiebreak for Bridges to be declared the winner, giving Penn its second singles win of the night.
The Quakers will now face another tough challenge tomorrow as No. 43 Brown comes to Penn for the third Ivy League match of the season. Tomorrow's match against the Bears will begin at noon.
1: Connie Hsu/Alexa Ely (P) def. Vicky Brook/Lindsay Clark (Y) 9-7
2: Stephanie Kent/Annie Sullivan (Y) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing/Jules Rodin (P) 8-6
3: Kim Szokol/Blair Seideman (Y) def. Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (P) 8-3
1: No. 23 Connie Hsu (P) def. Vicky Brook (Y) 6-4, 6-1
2: No. 115 Mandy Epstein (Y) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) 6-3, 6-3
3: Blair Seideman (Y) def. Alexa Ely (P) 6-4, 6-0
4: Stephanie Kent (Y) def. Stephanie Do (P) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
5: Annie Sullivan (Y) def. Emma Whitfield (P) 6-1, 6-0
6: Lauren Bridges (P) def. Stevi Petrelli (Y) 7-6 (7), 5-7, 1-0 (11-9)