PHILADELPHIA – The Penn women’s tennis team (7-2) completes its six-match road stint on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers will visit Maryland (4-5, 0-2 ACC) in College Park, Md. for a 1 p.m. match. The Red and Blue have not been on the court since March 8 when they bested Florida Gulf Coast in a tight, 4-3, win and are currently on a three-match win streak.
Surging for the Quakers right now is their 26th-ranked doubles pair of Sol Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva (7-1). The first doubles duo has won four straight matches since their only loss of the spring to the now-No. 5 pair of Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans from William & Mary.
In singles, Eskenazi (7-1) has won five straight matches at first singles since her loss to Nini Lagvilava of Stony Brook on Feb. 15 when the sophomore was battling a cold. After her loss at second singles to Seawolves as well, Latycheva (6-2) moved down to third singles and has gone 4-1 in that spot since, including her current four-match win streak.
Alex Ion (4-5) halted her five-match losing streak by winning the deciding match against FGCU in three sets at fifth singles, and seems to have found her groove. Stephanie Do (6-3) has gone 2-3 at second singles on the road trip so far, and will look to get back in the win column after her three-set loss against the Eagles.
Do and Ion (2-1) also make up Penn’s third doubles duo. The pair played all five matches of the road swing, but only saw three of them go to a decision – their matches against William & Mary and FGCU were both abandoned. The junior and sophomore will look to win their second straight match on Saturday.
Penn leads the all-time series, 16-11, and is 7-6 at College Park. The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 12 of last season in Philadelphia when Maryland was ranked No. 41 in the country – the Quakers lost, 7-0.
The Terrapins enter the match on the heels of a three-match losing streak and two in a row to ACC foes by wide margins. Their last victory was over Richmond at home, 6-1. The Quakers faced the same Spiders team in Philadelphia on Feb. 10 in dominating, 7-0, victory.