NEW YORK CITY - Playing in the season finale, the University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team defeated No. 34 Columbia, 4-3. The win is the Quakers best in the ITA rankings and is their fifth over teams in the top 75 this season.
Penn jumped out to a 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point on Sunday. Luba Vazhenina and Lina Qostal worked a 6-4 win, allowing Kana Daniel and Sonya Latycheva to pick up their 14 doubles win of the season and clinch the point.
In singles witht he Quakers down 2-1, Vazhenina tied the match with a two set win, needing a tie breaker in the second set. The junior won her sets 6-4 and 7-6 (6).
Closing out her collegiate career, Sonya Latycheva won in three sets, dominating the final one. Latycheva won the first set 6-4, lost the second 6-3, but cruised to a 6-1 win in the decisive third.
Clinching the win for Penn was freshman Marta Kowalska. Kowalska won the first, lost a tie-breaker in the second, and then ran away with 6-2 win in the final to close out a 4-3 win for the Red and Blue.
Doubles (Order of Finish: 3-1)
1 – Daniel/Latychevadef. Solovyev/Asatrian, 7-6 (7-4) Penn
2 – Kowalska/Vaidya unf. vs. Vaidya/Milstein, 6-5 DNF
3 – Qostal/Vazhenina def. Kevakian/Makarome, 6-4 Penn
Singles (Order of Finish: 4-3-6-2-1-5)
1 – Kanika Vaidya def. Kana Daniel, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 Columbia
2 – Sonya Latycheva def. Star Makarome, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Penn
3 – Rima Asatrian def. Ria Vaidya, 6-3, 6-3 Columbia
4 – Alexandra Solovyev def. Lina Qostal, 6-2, 6-1 Columbia
5 – Marta Kowalska def. Andrea Kevakian, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 Penn
6 – Luba Vazhenina def. Adi Milstein, 6-4, 7-6 Penn