MIAMI, Fla. - Women's tennis wrapped up its Spring Break trip with a tough 4-3 loss at the hands of Florida International Friday afternoon. The Quakers evenly split the singles matches with each side taking three. However, Florida International would take the early doubles point by winning two of those three matches and that would prove to be a big point in the final score.
The Panthers would clinch the doubles point with a pair of 8-2 victories at No. 2 and No. 3. For the first time this season, Daniela DePaoli and Alex Ion teamed up together. Playing at the second doubles slot, the new pairing was unable to come up with a win. Playing their second consecutive match together at No. 3, Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield could not replicate the success that they had yesterday when they won their first match together.
Jules Rodin and Sol Eskenazi once again were back together at the No. 1 doubles position and for the second day in a row gave Penn a win at that slot. Rodin and Eskenazi are now 4-1 together since starting this pairing in the spring. However, with the two early victories, FIU took the doubles point and the early lead.
Ion would quickly tie the match at one-all with her second win in as many tries during the Florida trip. After allowing just one game in the opening set, Ion did not allow a single game to her opponent at No. 3 in the second set, winning 6-2, 6-0. With the win, the freshman picks up her 15th win of the year. She is now 5-1 this spring at No. 3 singles. The Panthers would then take a 2-1 lead with the victory at No. 4. DePaoli played her opponent tight throughout the first set, but one break would be the difference in the 6-4 opening set. In the second, she fell 6-1.
Eskenazi would then knot the match at two-all with her second win of the trip at No. 1. After taking the first set, 6-2, Eskenazi allowed just one game in the second set on the way to her 12th win of the season, while improving to 5-1 at No. 1 singles.
Once again, FIU would then re-take the lead with a win at No. 5. Playing just singles today, Srinidhi Raghavan got off to a great start with a 6-1 first set win. However, her opponent would turn that score around on her in the second set before taking the decisive third set, 6-2. The Panthers would then clinch the match with a win at No. 6, taking the match in straight sets by identical 6-2 scores in each.
Do would then send Penn home on a high note with her second win in as many days at No. 2. Both her sets would be tied at six games apiece, forcing a tiebreak. In the first tiebreak, she allowed her opponent just three of the 10 points that were contested to go up a set. In the second set tiebreak, she allowed just four points this time, evening her overall record at 9-9. This record includes a 4-2 mark at her traditional No. 2 singles position.
With the abbreviated Spring Break trip to Florida now complete, the Quakers will return back to Philadelphia this weekend. The team now has 12 days until it will be back in competition. When the Quakers do return to the courts, they will take on Temple on Wednesday, March 21 at home. Weather permitting; Penn will get to showcase the Hamlin Tennis Center for this match.
FIU 4, Penn 3
1: Sol Eskenazi (P) def. Rita Maisak (FIU), 6-2, 6-1
2: Stephanie Do (P) def. Sarah McLean (FIU), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
3: Alex Ion (P) def. Lisa Johnson (FIU), 6-1, 6-0
4: Karyn Guttormsen (FIU) def. Daniela DePaoli (P), 6-4, 6-1
5: Christine Seredni (FIU) def. Srinidhi Raghavan (P), 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
6: Giulietta Boha (FIU) def. Emma Whitfield (P), 6-2, 6-2
1: Sol Eskenazii/Jules Rodin (P) def. Rita Maisak/Sarah McLean (FIU), 8-6
2: Giulietta Boha/Karyn Guttormsen (FIU) def. Alex Ion/Daniela DePaoli (P), 8-2
3: Lisa Johnson/Christine Seredni (FIU) def. Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (P), 8-2