PHILADELPHIA - The women's tennis team saw its consecutive home victories streak of three in a row came to an end Sunday at the Levy Pavilion in a tough 4-3 defeat at the hands of Richmond. The Quakers (4-3) started the day off on a positive note, winning two of the three doubles matches to take that point, but would drop four singles matches in the eventual defeat.
The regionally-ranked pair of Connie Hsu and Alexa Ely got the Quakers off to a quick start in the doubles competition as they won the first position 8-3. Early on, Hsu and Ely went back and forth with Richmond's top duo; however, once the match got to three all, the Quaker's pair went on to win the next five games to take the match.
Jules Rodin and Emily Wolf picked up the second win for the Quakers in doubles, with their victory at number three. This match was tight all the way, with both pairs battling to a five all in the beginning. Nevertheless, Wolf and Rodin would take the next three games to clinch the match and the doubles point for Penn. At number two doubles, Stephanie Do and Jaime Yapp-Shing battled the entire way, getting their match to within a game at 4-3, but that would be all the closer they would get before falling 8-4.
With the Quakers up one courtesy of the doubles victory, Hsuadded to that lead with her quick victory (6-2, 6-0) at number one. Hsu's win put the Quakers up 2-0 early on, but Richmond would quickly respond. Her win was the 30th on the season for the Quaker freshman.
The Spiders took the number two and four matches to knot up the team score at two apiece and set up the tense finish with only three matches left to finish up. Richmond took the lead with a victory in the number six position, putting Penn in a tough spot, where the Quakers needed to take the final two matches to take home the win.
At number five, Daniela DePaoli struggled to find her rhythm in the first set, but quickly rebounded to give her opponent all that she could handle in the second set. DePaoli would force the tiebreaker in this set, but would drop that tie-breaker 7-4.
Yapp-Shing ended the day on a positive note for the Quakers with her victory at number three. After droppingthe first set 6-1, she rallied back in the second set to win 7-5 and force the decisive third set. The third set was tight all the way, but Yapp-Shing would prevail with another 7-5 victory in the final set. This victory was the 10th of the season for Yapp-Shing.
The Quakers will now look to get back to their winning ways at home as the team has three more matches on campus before hitting the road for Spring Break. The first of those three matches will be played this Saturday at 1 p.m. against Stony Brook. Against Stony Brook, both the men and women's teams will be playing at the same time.
Richmond 4 Penn 3
1: Connie Hsu/Alexa Ely (P) def. Helen Cunningham/Alexandra Smyth (R) 8-3
2: Joanna Matuszczyk/Sydney Grant(R) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing/Stephanie Do (P) 8-5
3: Jules Rodin/Emily Wolf (P) def. Elizabeth Sims/Isabel Arana (R) 8-4
1: No. 14 Connie Hsu (P) def. Helen Cunninghman (R) 6-2, 6-0
2: Joanna Matuszczyk (R) def. Alexa Ely (P) 6-2, 6-1
3: Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) def. Alexandra Smyth (R) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
4: Kelly Tidwell (R) def. Stephanie Do (P) 6-1, 6-3
5: Sydney Grant (R) def. Daniela DePaoli (P) 6-1, 7-6 (4)
6: Elizabeth Sims (R) def. Jules Rodin (P) 6-3, 6-2