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URBANA, Ill. – The outstanding season for two young Penn women’s tennis players finally came to a close on Thursday afternoon. The Quakers’ No. 59-ranked doubles pair of Sol Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva (25-5) dropped its NCAA Championship Round of 32 match to No. 30 Kanyapat Narattana and Malika Rose of Oklahoma State, 6-4, 6-3.
With the defeat, the duo ends a season that saw it compete with top flight competition all season long. Prior to finishing just behind No. 45 Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya of Columbia for the top spot in the Ivy League, the Quakers dominated spring play and earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy honors – after the NCAAs, they finished with a 15-3 record.
Before the start of the spring season, the twosome competed in the ITA Northeast Regional Doubles Championship. They went on two win six straight matches in a field of 64, eventually topping Columbia’s No. 88 Sanon and Tiana Takenaga for the title. In addition, the victory earned them an automatic bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Doubles Championship at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. There they would post a 2-2 overall record with wins over Pac-12 powers Utah (No. 37 Tereza Bekerova/Paige Miles) and USC (No. 81 Danielle Lao/Valeria Pulido). After their performance at the National Championships, Eskenazi and Latycheva would begin the spring as the No. 1 doubles pairing in the ITA Northeast Regional Rankings, as well as No. 14 in the ITA Women’s National Doubles Rankings.
As a team, Penn graduates just two seniors and will look to continue its steady improvement under head coach Sanela Kunovac. Led by Eskenazi – she was also named first-team All-Ivy in singles – and Latycheva, the Quakers have a young core of talent that will compete in the Ivy League for seasons to come.