PHILADELPHIA – In its final preparation for the upcoming Ivy League schedule, the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team hosts Georgetown Friday at 2:30 p.m. inside the Hecht Tennis Center.
Penn (6-4) is returning to its home courts after playing three times over spring break in Arizona and Nevada. The Quakers fell to ranked opponents Saint Mary’s College and Arizona State, before ending the trip with a victory over UNLV.
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SCOUTING GEORGETOWN: The Hoyas are 8-2 entering their matchup with Penn on Friday. Georgetown has victories over Norfolk State, Campbell, James Madison, George Washington, Towson, Navy, and Seton Hall. In Big East play the Hoyas are 1-1. Georgetown is led by sophomore Victoire Saperstein at the No. 1 position, with a 5-1 individual record.
THE SERIES WITH GEORGETOWN: The Quakers and Hoyas renew their matchup, having last played in 2011, a 4-3 Quaker victory. Penn holds the overall series advantage, 12-1, with its only defeat coming in 2010.
IN THE WIN OVER UNLV: Penn got back on track, defeating UNLV 5-2, in its final match of its spring break trip out West. The Quakers had fallen in their previous two matches to No. 51 Saint Mary’s College and No. 33 Arizona State. After winning their first five doubles points of the spring, the Quakers had dropped their last four prior to Wednesday. Penn returned to form versus the Rebels, claiming versus the doubles point with victories in first and third position. Senior Sol Eskenazi and junior Sonya Latycheva cruised to a 6-0 victory in the top spot, while freshmen Lina Qostal and Ria Vaidya picked up the Quakers first match in the No. 3 position all spring, 6-4. In singles play Eskenazi won in straight sets in the No. 1 position for Penn , while sophomore Kana Daniel picked up the victory in the second position leading 6-1, 3-0 when her opponent retired. Latycheva notched her seventh win of the season in singles play, with a three set victory 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Penn’s final singles match victory came in the fifth position from freshman Ria Vaidya, winning 6-1, 6-3.
AGAINST THE RANKED OPPONENTS OVER BREAK: The Quakers fell 5-2 to No. 51 Saint Mary’s College. Playing without senior Sol Eskenazi, were led by sophomore Kana Daniel. Playing in the second position, Daniel defeated Saint Mary’s Jana McCord in three sets 6-2, 0-6, 7-5. Penn took one more singles match, as freshman Lina Qostal won in the fourth position 6-3, 2-6, 10-7 against the Gaels’ Catherine Leduc. Falling to No. 33 Arizona State, Penn dropped doubles matches in the top position and third position. The freshmen duo of Lina Qostal and Ria Vaidya pushed the Sun Devils (7-2) in the third spot, before falling 6-4. In singles play Penn dropped all but one match in straight sets. In the fifth position Ria Vaidya forced a third set 6-2, 2-6, 10-7.
FOR PENN IN THE TOP SPOT: Senior Sol Eskenazi has played every match of her Penn career in the No. 1 singles and doubles position. Drawing the opponents toughest players, in 2015 she has an individual record of 4-3 and a doubles record of 6-1.
FINDING HER GROOVE: Penn’s Sonya Latycheva has come into her own towards the top of Penn’s lineup. She has solidified her position playing in any spot No. 1-3, beginning the spring 7-2 individually. The strong spring is a great sign for the Quakers, and a dramatic difference from a fall season, that saw Latycheva finish 1-7 in individual play.