PHILADELPHIA – For the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team, the 2015 spring season ended too quickly as the Quakers were playing some of their best tennis at the end of the year, finishing 10-8 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League. Penn defeated three nationally ranked Ivy opponents in the final two weeks to close out the spring season.
Playing in her final season, senior Sol Eskenazi wrapped up an illustrious Penn career, becoming the most highly decorated women’s tennis player in Penn history. Eskenazi was named First-team All-Ivy in singles four consecutive seasons, and First-team All-Ivy in doubles for three straight seasons, and Second-team All-Ivy in doubles one season. Additionally, in her freshman season she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. She finished her career with a 76-29 overall singles record and 74-25 overall doubles record.
Eskenazi earned her fourth First-team All-Ivy honor in singles, after being a unanimous selection in 2015. In achieving the feat, Eskenazi becomes just the third Penn woman to win First-team All-Ivy in singles all four years of her career, joining Barrie Bernstein (1992-95) and Yulia Rivelis (2005-08).
Earning Second-team All-Ivy in doubles this season, the pair of Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva went 6-4 overall and 3-3 in Ivy League matches they partnered together. The All-Ivy recognition in doubles for Eskenazi and Latycheva is nothing new, as the pair was named First-team All-Ivy in 2012-13. In the two seasons they have earned Ivy League honors in doubles combined, the pair was 31-9 playing together.
Eskenazi was also honored as a co-recipient of Penn Athletics’ Association of Alumnae Fathers’ Trophy in her senior season. The award is given to an individual who is recognized for her contribution to Women’s Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. The recipient must be a senior student-athlete who shows outstanding athletic, academic, and leadership qualities. The academic standard is a 3.0 GPA, and voting on the award is conducted by the head coaches of Penn’s women’s varsity programs.
Alongside Eskenazi, senior Alexandra Ion was awarded the Penn Athletics Goldring Award. The Goldring Award is given to one graduating male and female student-athlete with the highest GPA who earned a varsity letter in his/her senior year.
As a team this spring, Penn began the season 7-4 before the Ivy League schedule with wins over Temple, Florida International, Albany, Drexel, Richmond, UNLV, and Georgetown. The only defeats for the Quakers were against ranked opponents Maryland, St. Mary’s, and Arizona State, and eventually ranked Old Dominion.
In Ivy League play, Penn struggled early falling to ranked Princeton, then Yale and Brown. After a win over ranked Harvard, the Quakers were edged 4-3 by a ranked Dartmouth team, before ending the season with wins over Cornell and Columbia, both ranked teams.
Prior to the spring season, the Penn women also had success in individual play this fall, with Eskenazi finishing as singles runner-up in the Cissie Leary Invitational held at Penn, and sophomore Kana Daniel making it to the quarterfinals.Daniel would go on to have success for the Quakers at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals in the fall, advancing