PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team returns to action this Friday at home versus Albany, beginning at 4 p.m. inside the Hecht Tennis Center, before traveling to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Penn (2-0) has played all its matches at home thus far, defeating Temple 4-3 and FIU 4-1. The Quakers have been led by senior Sol Eskenazi playing in the top spot.
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SCOUTING ALBANY: The Great Danes are 3-1 on the season so far, posting 5-2 wins over Siena and Providence, and a 7-0 victory over Marist. Albany’s only loss came at Syracuse, 7-0, on Feb. 7. The team is led by sophomore Dajana Ognjenovic, who was recently named the America East women’s tennis player of the week.
THE SERIES WITH ALBANY: Matching up in non-conference play, this will be the first meeting between Penn and Albany.
SCOUTING OLD DOMINION: The Monarchs are 3-2 this spring, with wins over Penn State, Oral Roberts, and Coastal Carolina. Their two losses have come against No. 41 Arkansas and No. 50 Virginia Tech. Old Dominion will take on Middle Tennessee before facing Penn, and is led by freshmen Borislava Botusharova and Adriana Rajkovic.
THE SERIES WITH OLD DOMINION: Penn holds a 9-4 advantage in the overall series with the Monarchs, but has dropped the last three matches. The Quakers were edged, 4-3, in Philadelphia last season.
THE WIN OVER FIU: A well-earned victory for Penn, the Quakers led 3-1 overall, with three close matches remaining on court, when Quaker senior Sol Eskenazi clinched the victory in the top singles position with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win. In doubles, each team took one match, 6-2, the Red and Blue’s coming from freshmen Lina Qostal and Ria Vaidya, before the point was decided by the top match. Eskenazi and sophomore Kana Daniel teamed up to claim the point for Penn, defeating the Panthers’ Nina Nagode and Nerma Caluk, 7-5. Ria Vaidya pushed the Quakers to a 2-0 lead overall, winning 6-3, 6-2 in the sixth position. Her effort was followed up by junior Sonya Latycheva winning in three sets, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1.
LAST MATCH CLINCHER VS. TEMPLE: Freshman Lina Qostal played the hero for the Quakers in the spring opener with the Owls on Jan. 30, clinching the overall match point in the third set 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3. Watch Qostal’s clinching point by clicking here.