Women's Tennis Defeated by Virginia Commonwealth, 5-2

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn women’s tennis team was fell, 5-2, to Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday at Levy Tennis Pavilion. The Rams swept matches three through six to take the win. The Quakers are now 0-2 on the season.

The match opened with the three doubles matches and VCU was able to take two of the three matches to head into the singles matches a point ahead of the Quakers. Ekaterina Kosminskaya and Alexa Ely defeated freshmen twins Alex and Ana Bara 8-5 for Penn’s lone doubles win.

Kosminskaya picked up her own win when she defeated Ana Bara at No. 1. The two traded games, Kosminskaya picking up the first 7-5 followed by Bara taking the second 5-7. In a first to ten super set, Kosminskaya demonstrated why she is one of the best in the region – winning the super set, 10-6.

Lauren Sadaka’s senior experience became useful during her match at No. 2. Sadaka battled sophomore Kateryna Yergina, both players being forced by their opponent to work for every point. After trading matches it was Sadaka that pulled through in the end winning the final set, 6-3.

“Lauren played the best match I have ever seen from her,” said interim head coach Sara Schiffman. “She remained strong and battled back after losing the second set.”

The Quakers will finish the weekend with Richmond Sunday at noon.

Virginia Commonwealth def. Penn (5-2)


1. Ekaterina Kosminskaya (Penn) def. Ana Bara (7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)

2. Lauren Sadaka (Penn) def. Kateryna Yergina (6-2, 3-6, 6-3)

3. Laura Burns (VCU) def. Alexa Ely (6-4, 6-4)

4. Alex Bara (VCU) def. Jacqueline Wong (6-0, 6-0)

5. Olena Leonchuk (VCU) def. Vidya Dabir (6-1, 6-0)

6. Mihaela Bunea (VCU) def. Jordyn Shaffer (7-5, 7-6 (3))


1. Kosminskya/Ely (Penn) def. Bara/Bara (8-5)

2. Yergina/Burns (VCU) def. Maria Anisimova/Sadaka (8-3)

3. Leonchuk/Bunea (VCU) def. Dabir/Wong (8-3)