PHILADELPHIA - Women's Tennis avenged another loss from a year ago, as the host Quakers turned the tables on Temple, downing the Owls 5-2 in non-conference action. A year ago, Temple defeated Penn 4-3. However, a new season brought new fortunes to the Quakers fate as they returned the favor on Wednesday night. The Quakers (4-2) have now won all three of their matches in the Levy Pavilion this season.
The match did not start off as planned for the Quakers. The third-ranked pair in the region of Connie Hsu and Alexa Ely cruised their way to victory at the number one doubles position. The pair dropped just one game on the way to the 8-1 victory. Undeterred, Temple picked up both victories in the remaining doubles matches. Jaime Yapp-Shing and Stephanie Do did everything in their power to stay in the match at number two, but eventually the Owls duo would take that match 8-4. At number three, Emma Whitfield and Jules Rodin lost a tough 8-5 match. With the two victories in doubles, Temple took the early 1-0 lead into singles play.
Hsu evened the score at one match a piece with her quick victory over Teresa Stangl in the top singles match. The Quaker freshman did not allow a game in either set. This is the third time this spring that Hsu has not allowed her opponent a game and the fifth time overall this season.
At number two singles, Ely took a commanding victory in the first set, 6-2. However, the senior would have a struggle on her hands in the second set. Nevertheless, Ely would prevail 7-5 to give the Quakers the lead. This victory marked the first of the spring for Ely and the sixth of her senior campaign.
Yapp-Shing posted a very impressive victory at number three. Her (6-2, 6-3) victory put the Quakers within one match of taking home the victory. Her doubles partner, Do, would then clinch the match for Penn with her victory at number four. Do played through two tough sets, but managed to win them both. The first set went to a tiebreak, but Do only allowed her opponent four games in that tiebreak to take the first set. In the second set, she had a slightly easier time, winning 6-4 and assuring a Quaker victory.
The Quakers lone defeat in singles came at number five, where an under the weather Daniela DePaoli gave everything she had before falling in a second set tiebreak. DePaoli dropped a tough first set, 6-4. She then forced a tiebreaker in the second set, before falling 8-6 in that tiebreaker.
Emily Wolf finished the night off right for the Quakers with her victory at number six. In a hotly contested battle, Wolf was able to maintain her composure under pressure and come through with the fifth Quaker victory. Wolf had to take the first set in a tiebreak and then took the second set 7-5 for the close victory. This was the second victory of the spring for Wolf, who remains unbeaten in singles action.
Up next for the Quakers will be a Sunday morning match with Richmond at Levy Pavilion. This match will begin at 10 a.m.
Penn 5 Temple 2
No. 1: Connie Hsu/Alexa Ely (P) def. Alicia Doms/Menana Cramer (T) 8-1
No. 2: Lucie Pazderova/Elyse Steiner (T) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing/Stephanie Do (P) 8-4
No. 3: Theresa Stangl/Christine Clermont (T) def. Emma Whitfield/Jules Rodin (P) 8-5
*Temple won the Doubles point by virtue of their two victories.
No. 1: Connie Hsu (P) def. Teresa Stangl (T) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2: Alexa Ely (P) def. Elyse Steiner (T) 6-2, 7-5
No. 3: Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) def. Alicia Doms (T) 6-2, 6-3
No. 4: Stephanie Do (P) def. Melllana Cramer(T) 7-6 (4), 6-4
No. 5: Lucie Pazderova (T) def. Daniela DePaoli (P) 6-4, 7-6 (6)
No. 6: Emily Wolf (P) def. Josephine Bergman (T) 7-6 (4), 7-5