DeLand, Fla. - Women's tennis gave Stetson all that it could handle on Tuesday in Florida, but in the end the Hatters (9-1) were just one match better than Penn (5-6). Penn once again took the doubles point to get the match started out on a positive note, but managed just two wins in singles competition.
With doubles play being a strength of both teams, Penn got a huge boost when it was able to pull out that point and take the early advantage. Connie Hsu and Alexa Ely took care of business at number one as they have done so many times this season, winning 8-3. Jules Rodin and Jaime Yapp-Shing battled hard in the number two position, but would wall fall to a very strong doubles team for Stetson, 8-5. The first two results left the doubles point all up to the number three match. Fortunately for Penn, Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield were up for the test. After having the match tied at seven all, Penn's duo won the next two games to secure the 9-7 victory and the doubles point for Penn.
Hsu picked up another convincing victory for the Quakers in the number one position, allowing three games in the first set, but just one in the second set. Stephanie Do picked up the other win for Penn in the singles matches, taking the number four position with consecutive 6-4 set victories. Penn played every other match tight, but just could not get the extra win that it needed. Ely and Daniela DePaoli both were involved in three-set matches that ended up in Stetson victories.
Emma Whitfield, playing at number six, dropped her first set 6-1, but gave her opponent all that she could handle in the second set before falling in a tie-breaker 7-6, which finished off the match. Another factor that went against the Quakers that can never be accounted for was Yapp-Shing being forced to retire just five games into the first set. The points that were played were all very tight, but Penn was forced to take a loss at number three with Yapp-Shing unable to continue. Any one of those four matches that the Quakers all had opportunities to win could have swung the match in Penn's favor.
The Quakers will now be looking for a more favorable result when they take on North Florida tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the second of their three matches in Florida. Penn will wrap up its trip in the sunshine state on Friday with a match against James Madison.
Stetson 4 Penn 3
1: Connie Hsu/Alexa Ely (P) def. Carolina D.L. Santos/Unnati Purushotham (S) 8-3
2: MB Stauffer MacDowell/Sierra Sullivan (S) def. Jules Rodin/Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) 8-5
3: Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (P) def. Lindsey Cable/Shannon Gunning (S) 9-7
1: No. 12 Connie Hsu (P) def. Carolina D.L. Santos (S) 6-3, 6-1
2: Unnati Purushotham (S) def. Alexa Ely (P) 6-2, 6-7, 6-2
3: Shannon Gunning (S) def. Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) 3-2, ret.
4: Stephanie Do (P) def. Sierra Sullivan (S) 6-4, 6-4
5: MB Stauffer MacDowell (S) def. Daniela DePaoli (P) 1-6, 6-1, 6-0
6: Lindsey Cable (S) def. Emma Whitfield (P) 6-1, 7-6