STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Women's tennis was up against another tough opponent Saturday afternoon at Penn State when it met Tulane. Although the end result was the same, the Quakers did manage to take sets in three of the matches before each of those players fell in that decisive set.
Right out of the gates, the Green Wave (7-1) took control with the doubles point. At No. 2 doubles, Tulane did not allow a game in the first match to finish play. At No. 3, Daniela DePaoli and Emma Whitfield took two games from their counterparts, but could get no closer. Stephanie Do and Alex Ion took three games in top doubles pairing; however, Tulane would ultimately claim all three of the doubles matches with a win at the top pairing.
Do played her second consecutive match at No. 1 Saturday. She took three games in the first set of that match before falling, 6-3. In the second, Do picked up another game, but fell, 6-1. Ion dropped a hard-fought first set, 6-4, in her match at No. 2. Putting the first set behind her, Penn's freshman rallied for a 6-2 win in the second set, forcing a decisive third set. In that final set, Ion would pick up two more games before falling, 6-2.
It took a little while for DePaoli to get settled into her match at No. 3, but after a tough opening set, Penn's lone senior picked up a 6-4 second-set win, forcing another decisive third set. In that third set, DePaoli and her opponent continued to go back-and-forth until the match was tied at six-all. When the two went to a third set tiebreak, DePaoli's counterpart took home all but two points in her hard-fought win at No. 3.
Jules Rodin got off to the quickest start of her teammates as she jumped up a set early with a convincing 6-1 win in her opening set at No. 5. In the second and third set, she would pick up three games and two games respectively, but her opponent would allow her to come no closer in that match.
Freshman Srinidhi Raghavan won two games during the first set of her match and one game in the second set, but would ultimately fall in consecutive sets at No. 4. Following a tough first set, Whitfield also picked up two games in her second set at No. 6, but would also fall victim to one of the Green Wave's six singles wins.
After a week to recover from the grueling weekend in State College, the Quakers will be back on their home courts next Saturday when they welcome Buffalo to town. That match will get underway at 11 a.m. next weekend.
Tulane 7, Penn 0
1: Emma Levy/Mariam Kurdadze (T) def. Stephanie Do/Alex Ion (P), 8-3
2: Caroline Magnusson/Caroline Thornton (T) def. Jules Rodin/Srinidhi Raghavan (P), 8-0
3: Lindsay Dvorak/Hila Elster (T) def. Daniela DePaoli/Emma Whitfield (P), 8-2
1: Mariam Kurdadze (T) def. Stephanie Do (P), 6-3, 6-1
2: Emma Levy (T) def. Alex Ion (P), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
3: Caroline Thorton (T) def. Daniela DePaoli (P), 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (2)
4: Caroline Magnusson (T) def. Srinidhi Raghavan (P), 6-2, 6-1
5 : Jenny Hois (T) def. Jules Rodin (P), 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
6: Lindsay Dvorak (T) def. Emma Whitfield (P), 6-0, 6-2