PHILADELPHIA - The pinnacle of the fall season has arrived for the University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team as six student-athletes will compete for the Red and Blue this weekend at the ITA Northeast Regional, hosted by Yale. Main draw action begins Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. and will continue until Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Senior Kana Daniel has been slotted as the four seed in this year's bracket and by virtue will receive a first-round bye. A native of Valencia, Spain, Daniel will await the winner of Columbia's Renee Ren and Boston College's Elene Tsokilauri on Saturday.
Sophomore Marta Kowalska is set for her second-straight year at the ITA Regionals and will face Brown's Maddie Stearns in the first round of singles with the chance of playing the tournament's top seed Asiya Dair from Boston College next.
Freshman Sarah Dreyfuss will take her first shot at the prestigious fall tournament and because of her strong start to the year earned a first-round bye as well. The rookie will battle the winner of Valerie Shklover from Yale and Ananya Dua of Cornell on Saturday.
Freshman Ashley Zhu will join Dreyfuss as two Penn rookies competing this weekend, and will play her first round match Friday afternoon. Zhu will take on Ivy League competitoin in Dartmouth's Allison McCann.
Junior Lina Qostal rounds out the Penn contingent in the singles draw and just like Daniel and Dreyfuss has earned a pass into the second round of the main draw. Qostal awaits the victor between Amy Yang of Yale and Priyanka Shah of Cornell.
The Quakers feature three doubles teams competing this weekend in Kowalska and Luba Vazhenina, Daniel and Zhu and Dreyfuss and Qostal. Kowalska and Vazhenina will first take on NJIT's Habegger/Minc, while Dreyfuss and Qostal are set to battle Borr/Possokhova from Boston College. The tandem of Daniel and Zhu will face Martinez-Santori/Herberts of St. Bonaventure.
Last year Daniel advanced to the Round of 16 notching wins over Quinnipiac and Dartmouth on the way. Kowalska won one match to move to the second round with a win over Niagara. Two Penn doubles sqauds notched wins in Qostal/Singh and Vaidya/Kowalska.