WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After closing out Friday strong at the William & Mary Tribe Invitational, women's tennis picked up right where it left off Saturday morning in the doubles session. In the singles sessions, the Quakers had a tough round to start off the day, but rebounded nicely in their final singles matches of the evening. The primary standout from the singles session was Emma Whitfield, who punched her ticket to the finals with a hard-fought win coming in a 10-point tiebreak. The tournament will wrap up tomorrow with one round of both singles and doubles.
The morning started with a round of doubles and Penn went 2-1 with the three parings that it had remaining. After dropping a pair of tight matches yesterday, Jaime Yapp-Shing and Daniela DePaoli got into the win column with an 8-5 victory in Flight A doubles. If Yapp-Shing is able to go following her default in the afternoon singles session, the duo will try and even their record tomorrow morning.
Also in Flight A doubles, Jules Rodin and Alex Ion picked up an 8-4 victory in the morning session. Rodin and Ion are now 2-1 together this tournament and will look to finish the weekend strong when they go up against Columbia's pairing tomorrow morning at nine.
The Quakers lone loss of the morning doubles session came in Flight B doubles. Stephanie Do and Srinidhi Raghavan played their tightest match of the weekend, but came out on the wrong side of the 8-5 match. Ironically, Do and Raghavan would have been paired with Lauren Bridges and Whitfield, but with the latter Penn duo withdrawing from the tournament yesterday, Do and Raghavan will receive a bye in their last doubles match and will only have to focus on singles tomorrow.
In singles, the Quakers did not have the early results they would have hoped; however, just like Friday evening, Penn closed well with several strong individual performances. Whitfield turned in a strong performance in her semifinal match and was rewarded with a trip to the finals tomorrow. After falling behind with a 6-3 loss in the first set, Whitfield took the second set in a tiebreak 7-6, winning the seventh game by an 8-6 margin. Playing the 10-point tiebreak, Whitfield allowed just six points on her way to the finals. Her finals match against Emma Helisten from Tulane is schedule for an 11 a.m. start.
In Flight A, Yapp-Shing, dropped her quarterfinal match and defaulted in her consolation match. If she can go tomorrow, her match will be at 1:30 p.m. Flight B action saw Do win her quarterfinal match 7-5, 6-2, but fall in the semifinals by a similarly close 7-6 (2), 6-1 score. She will go for third place tomorrow at 11 a.m. Do's Flight B teammate, Raghavan, lost her quarterfinal match to tournament finalist Olga Terteac of VCU, 6-2, 6-3. However, she rebounded in her consolation match, winning 6-3, 6-3. She will go for fifth place tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.
DePaoli fell in her quarterfinal match, but was another Quaker to rebound in her second singles match of the day, winning 6-2, 6-2. Like Raghavan, she will go for fifth place in her flight. She will also be taking the court at 12:30 p.m.
Ion lost a tough 10-point tiebreak match in the quarterfinals this morning. She took the first set, 7-6, but dropped the next set 6-3 and fell in the tiebreak, 10-6. She quickly shook off the tough loss and rebounded with the first 6-0, 6-0 victory of the season for Penn. She will be one of three Quakers going for fifth place tomorrow. She takes the court at noon. Also in Flight D, Rodin had a tough day, losing to an eventual finalist in her quarterfinal match. She looked to put that match behind her with a 6-3 victory in the first set of her consolation match, but fell 6-3 and 10-2 in the 10-point tiebreak and will go for seventh place tomorrow at 2 p.m.
With just the championship matches remaining for each of the players, Penn will be looking to have a similar start to the morning session tomorrow and close out a weekend that has seen several players make strong season debuts.
Player by Player Tournament Breakdown:
Jaime Yapp-Shing - Flight A - (0-1):
Lost vs. Kayla Rizzolo (W&M), 6-2, 6-4
Sunday (1:30 p.m.) vs. Diana Ivanova (ODU)
Stephanie Do - Flight B - (1-1):
Won vs. Bianca Sanon (COL), 7-5, 6-2
Lost vs. Ana Bara (VCU), 7-6 (2), 6-1
Sunday (11 a.m.) vs. Jacky Palmucci (JMU)
Srinidhi Raghavan - Flight B - (1-1):
Lost vs. Olga Terteac (VCU), 6-2, 6-3
Won vs. Katarina Kovacevic (COL), 6-3, 6-3
Sunday (12:30 p.m.) vs. Bianca Sanon (COL)
Daniela DePaoli - Flight C - (2-1):
Won vs. Melissa Esnal (ODU), 7-5, 7-5
Lost vs. Katie Kargl (W&M), 6-0, 7-5
Won vs. Tiana Takenaga (COL), 6-2, 6-2
Sunday (12:30 p.m.) vs. Emily Lauten (VT)
Jules Rodin - Flight D - (0-2):
Lost vs. Daria Yakavleva (VCU), 6-1, 6-0
Lost vs. Juliana Pires (ODU), 3-6, 6-3, 10-2
Sunday (2 p.m.) vs. Sydney Smith (W&M)
Alex Ion - Flight D - (1-1):
Lost vs. Salome Kvitashvili (VCU), 6-7, 6-3, 10-6
Won vs. Sydney Smith (W&M), 6-0, 6-0
Sunday (Noon) vs. Juliana Pires (ODU)
Emma Whitfield - Flight E - (2-0):
Won vs. Leah DeMasters (JMU), 6-4, 4-6, 10-1
Won vs. Nika Khmolovska (ODU), 3-6, 7-6 (6), 10-6
Sunday (11 a.m.) vs. Emma Helisten (Tulane)
Daniela DePaoli/Jaime Yapp-Shing - Flight A - (1-2):
Lost vs. Bulling/Pate (JMU), 9-7
Lost vs. L. Dvorak/Thorton (Tulane), 8-6
Won vs. Cunningham/Smyth (Richmond), 8-5
Sunday (9:45 a.m.) vs. Kandinata/Matuszczyk (RICH)
Jules Rodin/Alex Ion - Flight A - (1-1):
Lost vs. Kurdadze/Levy (Tulane) 8-4
Won vs. Esnal/Ivanova (Old Dominion), 8-4
Sunday (9 a.m.) vs. Bartnik/Sanon (COL)
Stephanie Do/Srinidhi Raghavan - Flight B - (1-2):
Won vs. Davis/Takenaga (Columbia) 8-3
Lost vs. Hois/Magnusson (Tulane) 8-1
Lost vs. Kvitashvili/Terteac (VCU), 8-5
Sunday - Bye
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