PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team takes to the courts for the first time for the 2015-16 season September 18-20 as it competes in the 23rd Annual Tribe Invitational at William & Mary.
The Quakers will send all nine players to Williamsburg for the tournament which starts Friday morning and continues through Sunday afternoon.
Senior Sonya Latycheva, a second-team All-Ivy selection in doubles last season, returns for the Red and Blue – the lone senior on the squad. Another upperclassman, Kana Daniel, begins her junior season with sights set on improving upon an 18-11 overall record last year. Sophomore Ria Vaidya returns, looking to follow up a rookie season where she went 10-7 in singles overall and 5-2 in Ivy League matches.
Freshman Marta Kowalska will make her Penn debut this weekend. The No. 1 ranked U-18 player in Poland, Kowalska won singles, doubles, and mixed double championships for her age group in her native country in 2012 and 2014.
William & Mary
The scoring format for the Tribe Invitational will follow the new NCAA and ITA no-ad scoring. Doubles contests will be played to six games with a tiebreaker at six-all. Singles will be best 2 out of 3 full sets. All singles and doubles matches will use no-ad scoring, a scoring method in which the first player to reach four points wins the game. No-ad scoring eliminates the requirement that a player must win by two points. Therefore, if the game is tied at deuce, the next player to win a point wins the game. If the score reaches deuce the receiver chooses from which side of the court she receives.
The Invitational will have a team style of play for the second straight year with each team competing in three singles and three doubles matches over the three days. Doubles matches will take place on Friday and Saturday, meaning each team will compete in two doubles matches on one of the two days. One singles match will be played for each team on every day of the event.
Individual awards will be presented for the top performing players in singles and doubles based on record. The top three athletes in singles and top four individuals in doubles will be honored. The tiebreaker following record for singles will be fewest number of games lost in the first two sets of matches and for doubles, it will be fewest number of games lost.
Millie West Tennis Center
Address: 500 Brooks Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center
Address: 705 S. Henry Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Commons Tennis Courts
Address: 651 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Friday: The only available parking for the outdoor courts is metered parking, in the big surface lot directly northeast of the Millie West Tennis Facility. The indoor tennis center has its own lots with plenty of spaces.
Saturday and Sunday: Parking is free on campus.