PHILADELPHIA – In the final match of the season, and final Ivy League match, the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team defeated No. 46 Columbia, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the Hamlin Tennis Center.
Penn (10-8, 3-4 Ivy) faced ranked Ivy opponents in its final four matches, winning three of them to close out the 2015 spring season. Last weekend, the Quakers defeated No. 63 Harvard on the road, and were narrowly defeated by No. 37 Dartmouth. This weekend Penn picked up two wins, with a road victory over No. 75 Cornell on Friday, before taking down the ranked Lions on Sunday.
Before the match, Penn celebrated its two seniors Sol Eskenazi and Alexandra Ion.
Against Columbia, the Quakers picked up the doubles point taking the No. 1 and 3 matches. Sol Eskenazi and junior Sonya Latycheva teamed up for an 8-7 win, after a 7-0 tiebreak, playing aggressively in the top spot. Freshman Lina Qostal and sophomore Luba Vazhenina picked up an 8-6 win in the third spot, with Qostal playing well at the net and Vazhenina using her serve to the pairs advantage.
In singles play, Penn picked up four wins in the heart of the lineup, winning in the second through fifth positions. Qostal and fellow freshman Ria Vaidya won in the fourth and fifth positions, with Vaidya claiming her fifth singles win in Ivy League play.
Playing on side-by-side courts, Latycheva and sophomore Kana Daniel were in second set tiebreaks at the same time. Both would have to endure physically challenging matches playing third sets before winning their individual matches. Latycheva claimed the fourth point, clinching the win for Penn, while Daniel picked up the Quakers fifth and final point of the afternoon.
The win over Columbia marked the end of Penn’s 2015 spring season, and sent seniors Sol Eskenazi and Alexandra Ion off on a win in their final career match.
Penn 5, Columbia 2
1. Eskenazi/Latycheva (P) def. Vaidya/Asatrian; 8-7(7-0)
2. Leung/Milstein def. Daniel/Vaidya (P); 8-5
3. Qostal/Vazhenina (P) def. Cheng/Solovyev; 8-6
1. Vaidya def. Eskenazi (P); 7-5, 7-5
2. Latycheva (P) def. Asatrian; 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-4
3. Daniel (P) def. Leung; 4-6, 7-6(5), 5-5(7-2)
4. Qostal (P) def. Solovyev; 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
5. Vaidya (P) def. Cheng; 6-2, 6-1
6. Milstein def. Ion (P); 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish
Doubles – 2, 3, 1
Singles – 5, 6, 4, 1, 2, 3