PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis Head Coach Sanela Kunovac has announced the Quakers 2015 spring schedule. Penn will have 10 home matches this spring, and will be making a trip to the southwest in early March.
“We put together a challenging schedule, playing teams from all over the country, including up and down the east coast, as well as out west,” said Kunovac.
The Quakers begin the spring season at home playing inside the Levy Tennis Pavilion on Jan. 25 against Philadelphia neighbor Drexel. Penn will play two more home matches in early February, hosting Florida International University and Albany, before traveling to face Old Dominion on Feb. 15. The Red and Blue will finish the month with a home match against Richmond on Feb. 28.
To begin March, Penn will matchup against Maryland – ranked 73rd at the end of last spring – in College Park, before hosting Akron on March 6 in Philadelphia.
The Quakers will then head to Phoenix, Ariz. to play St. Mary’s College (finished ranked 47th in 2014) and Arizona State (finished 32nd in 2014) on March 8 and 9. After an off day on March 10, Penn will play UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. before returning home. Finishing up non-conference play, Penn will host Georgetown on March 21.
Speaking about the trip to the southwest, Kunovac said, “The spring break trip will most likely be one of the first opportunities for us to play outdoor tennis this spring. We’ll play a lot of good competition bunched together, helping in our preparation for the Ivies.”
Penn’s Ivy League schedule sees the Quakers hosting Princeton, Yale, and Brown before going on the road to face Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, finishing the season at home with Columbia.
“Ivies are a similar situation to last year,” said assistant coach Filip Kricka. “It’ll be very, very close competition. Hopefully our schedule will prepare us well for it, and that we’ll be healthy and playing good tennis.”The Quakers are led by three-time All-Ivy performer Sol Eskenazi, along with fellow senior Alexandra Ion. Other top contributors for Penn are junior Sonya Latycheva and sophomore Kana Daniel. Penn went 8-10 overall and 1-6 in Ivy play a season ago, with key wins over No. 57 Penn State, Gonzaga, Drexel, Temple, and Cornell.