PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s women’s tennis team will hit the road this weekend, beginning the fall season at William & Mary for the 24th annual Tribe Invitational. Play will begin on Friday at 9:30 p.m. and wrap up at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
William & Mary
*The Quakers return five of their six starters from a year ago, including All-Ivy first-teamer Kana Daniel. Daniel went 11-5 at the top of the Quakers’ singles lineup, compiling a 4-3 mark against Ivy League foes. She was also a first-team selection in doubles, going 14-3 in the spring with partner Sonya Latycheva. Daniel enters her final year with 29 career singles wins and 32 doubles wins in dual matches.
*Marta Kowalska returns following a breakout rookie campaign in 2015-16. The sophomore went 11-6 in singles matches last spring, including a 5-2 mark in the Ivy League. In addition, Kowalska racked up 11 wins in the fall, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the Cissie Leary Invitational
*Juniors Ria Vaidya and Lina Qostal will also be back in action for the Quakers. Vaidya was impressive last fall, notching a 10-3 mark in singles and a 5-5 record in doubles. Qostal went 9-7 in singles and 8-6 in doubles during the spring season.
*Head Coach Sanela Kunovac added three freshmen to this year’s roster—Carolyn Xie of San Diego, Calif., Sarah Dreyfuss of Miami, Fla. and Ashley Zhu of Fountain Valley, Calif. Also new is assistant coach, Matej Zlatkovic, who begins his first season at Penn after spending the past two seasons at Yale.
*The Red and Blue won four of their final five matches last season, finishing tied for second in the Ivy League (4-3). Penn ended the regular season at No. 48 in the ITA national rankings, narrowly missing an at-large bid into the NCAA Championships. The Quakers compiled an overall record of 11-8, defeating six nationally ranked opponents.