Penn Women Tennis Team Goes Far in ITAs

HANOVER, N.H. – Two members of Penn’s women’s tennis team took part in ITA Regional action at Dartmouth this weekend. Juniors Julia Koulbitskaya and Yulia Rivelis went into the tournament separately in singles, andtogether as adoubles team.

In the doubles bracket, Penn earned a No. 7 seed. In the first round,Koulbitskaya and Rivelisbeat Jackie Couture and Elise DeRose from Colgate, 8-4, to advance to the round of 32. There,they met up with Katerina Jiskrova and Jana Korycankova from Hampton (Va.), and beat them, 8-4 as well. They faced off against their first seeded opponent in the Round of 16, No. 15 Lana Krasnopolsky and Alina Sullivan from Boston College.The Penn duobeat them, 9-7, to advance to the quarterfinals. However, in the quarterfinals Koulbitskaya and Rivelis took onLynzee Kever and Kellie Schmitt from Marshall, who were seeded No. 2. The Quakerslost, 8-4, ending their ITA hopes.

Both Rivelis and Koulbitskaya were also seeded individually. Rivelis was seeded at No. 11, and earned a first-round bye. In the second round, she faced off against Nataly Tumsevica from St. John’s and beat her 6-3, 6-1. In the Round of 32,Rivelis beat Klaudyna Kasztelaniec from William and Mary, 6-1, 6-1. Yesterday, she played Marianne Baker of Maryland, seeded No. 4, and won, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the quarterfinals. But her runended there, as she lost to No. 6 Lena Litvak of Harvard, 6-2, 6-4.

Seeded eighth going into the tournament, Koulbitskaya also had a bye in the first round. In her first tournament action, she took on Ashley James, from Virginia Tech, and won 6-1, 6-2. In the Round of 32, she beat Robin Carter from the University of Richmond, 6-3, 7-6(9). Yesterday, she took on the No. 10 seed, Eleanor Peters, from Maryland. In a tough battle, Koulbitskaya fell 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(2), allowing Peters to advance to the quarterfinals.

The ITA tournament marks the end of the women's tennis fall schedule. They will resume play in the spring.