PHILADELPHIA - Women's Tennis nearly took down the defending Ivy League Champions in its first ivy match of the Ivy season. Penn gave Princeton everything that it wanted throughout the match, but Princeton took the final three singles matches on the day to claim the 4-3 victory at the Levy Tennis Pavilion. Penn swept all three doubles matches to get out to the early lead, but just could not find a third victory in singles play on the afternoon.
The day got off to a great start with Penn taking all three doubles matches. Alexa Ely and Connie Hsu cruised their way to the duo's 23rd victory together and ninth of the spring season with an 8-1 victory at number one. Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield dropped just two games on their way to the 8-2 victory at number three. Do and Whitfield are beginning to establish themselves as a strong pairing, going 4-2 together this spring. Jules Rodin and Jaime Yapp-Shing made it a clean sweep with their third victory together this spring, winning 8-5 at number two.
In singles play, Hsu picked up her 37th win of the season in what turned out to be her tightest match score-wise of the spring to date. Whitfield picked up her 11th win of the season at number six with her convincing victory, taking both sets in 6-1 fashion to give Penn three points in the team match. In between Hsu and Whitfield's victories, Princeton got the win at number five, which made the team score 3-1 with three matches to go and Penn needing a victory in just one of those matches.
Freshman Yapp-Shing and Do both dropped tight matches at number two and four respectively. Playing at two, Yapp-Shing was competitive in both sets, but would fall 6-3, 6-4. This was only Yapp-Shing's second match of the season at number two this spring. Do lost consecutive sets of 6-3 scores at number four. These two Princeton victories tied the match at three matches each with just the number three singles match to go.
In that final match, Ely battled all the way to a tiebreak in both sets. Unfortunately for the Penn crowd, she would drop both of those tie-breaks and Princeton would escape with the narrow victory.
This match shows substantial improvement from a season ago in which the Tigers won 7-0 against Penn. Not only did Penn not win a team point in that match, the Quakers did not win a single set. Even with the disappointing loss, Penn is clearly moving in a positive direction.
Penn will get back on the courts twice this week in Ivy League action. On Friday, Penn will host Yale at 2 p.m. and on Saturday Brown will come to Philadelphia for a noon start time.
1. Alexa Ely/Connie Hsu (Penn) def. Hilary Bartlett/Taylor Marable (Prin), 8-1
2.Jules Rodin/Jaime Yapp-Shing (Penn) def. Monica Chow/Rachel Saiontz (Prin), 8-5
3. Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (Penn) def. Katherine Flanigan/Alexa Krakaris (Prin), 8-2
1.No. 20Connie Hsu (Penn) def. Hilary Bartlett (Prin), 6-4, 6-2
2. Rachel Saiontz (Prin) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing (Penn), 6-3, 6-4
3. Taylor Marable (Prin) def. Alexa Ely (Penn), 7-6(6), 7-6(3)
4. Monica Chow (Prin) def. Stephanie Do (Penn), 6-3, 6-3
5. Katherine Flanigan (Prin) def. Daniela DePaoli (Penn), 6-1, 6-0
6. Emma Whitfield (Penn) def. Alexa Krakaris (Prin), 6-1, 6-1