PHILADELPHIA - Penn suffered another tough defeat at home against Stony Brook on Saturday in the Levy Pavilion. The Quakers (4-4) started out the day with the momentum, courtesy of a hard fought doubles win, but just could not get the additional wins that they needed in singles play to take the victory over Stony Brook (6-1).
The day started out well for the Quakers with Connie Hsu and Alexa Ely making an early statement with their 8-0 victory in the top doubles match. At number three, Ilana Dreyfuss and Stephanie Do paired up for the first time all season. The new pairing played well together, but ultimately fell 8-6 in the number three position, setting up the showdown in the number two doubles.
Jaime Yapp-Shing and Jules Rodin, who were also playing together for the first time all season, went back and forth with the Stony Brook pairing all the way until the match got to 8-8. The tiebreaker would prove to be the same type of back and forth action, but after it got to 10 all in the tiebreak, Yapp-Shing and Rodin dug in and won the next two points, taking their match and the doubles point for Penn.
Singles play started out with a quick Hsu victory for the Quakers. Hsu recorded her 31st victory of the season, while only dropping one game. Her victory put Penn up 2-0 early on. Stony Brook would then rebound, taking the matches at number two and three to even up the match.
The Seawolves would then continued to rack up victories, taking the number four and five positions. At number five, Rodin, who was coming out of her hard-fought doubles match could not carry that momentum into singles action. At number four, Daniela DePaoli got out in front early, taking the first set 6-0; however, her opponent would rebound and take the next two sets by a 6-3 margin. These two victories clinched the match for Stony Brook with just one to go.
Emma Whitfield ended the evening on an upbeat note for Penn as she went on to the 6-2, 6-4 victory to close out the match at number six. The victory was Whitfield's eighth of the season. She is also a perfect 3-0 during spring play.
The Quakers will now look to get their record back above .500 next Friday against Saint Joseph's. This will be a rescheduling of the match that was postponed earlier due to inclement weather. The action will get underway Friday at 4 p.m. The Quakers are 2-0 against Philadelphia schools on the year after victories over Drexel and Temple. The match with Saint Joseph's will also be the second to last home match that the Quakers have before heading to Stetson, Florida over Spring Break.
Stony Brook 4
1: Connie Hsu (P) def. Prerana Appineni (SB) 6-0, 6-1
2: Nini Lagvilava (SB) def. Alexa Ely (P) 6-4, 6-2
3: Aylin Mehter (SB) def. Stephanie Do (P) 6-2, 6-3
4: Katherine Hanson (SB) def. Daniela DePaoli (P) 0-6, 6-3, 6-3
5:Gayatri Krishnan (SB) def. Jules Rodin (P) 6-0, 6-2
6: Emma Whitfield (P) def.Salome Mkervalidze (SB) 6-2, 6-4
1: Connie Hsu/Alexa Ely (P) def. Katherine Hanson/Fanny Charliquart (SB) 8-0
2: Jules Rodin/Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) def. Prerana Appineni/Chloe Pike (SB) 9-8 (12-10)
3: Aylin Mehter/Gayatri Krishnan (SB) def Ilana Dreyfuss/Stephanie Do (P) 8-6