PHILADELPHIA – After dropping its first Ivy League match this spring to Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team is seeking two victoriesthis weekend as it hosts Yale and Brown on Friday and Saturday.
Penn (7-5, 0-1 Ivy) is looking to bounce back in league competition after its 6-1 defeat to No. 58 Princeton last Saturday. Both Yale (6-7, 0-0 Ivy) and Brown (7-6, 0-0) have yet to play an Ivy match before this weekend.
The Quakers will face Yale on Friday at 2 p.m. and Brown on Saturday at 2 p.m. either outside at the Hamlin Tennis Courts, or indoors in the Hecht Tennis Center, depending on weather.
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SCOUTING YALE: Friday’s match with Penn will be the Ivy League opener for the Bulldogs. Yale is coming in off of three consecutive victories over William & Mary, Boston Univ., and Fairfield. Other wins have come against Utah, Florida International, and Hartford. After playing the Quakers, Yale will travel to face Princeton on Saturday. The Bulldogs are led at the top of their lineup by senior Hanna Yu and junior Madeleine Hamilton.
THE SERIES WITH YALE: Penn is 17-24 overall in its series with the Bulldogs. Yale has won the last seven matches versus the Quakers, including a tight 4-3 match last season. Penn’s last win against the Bulldogs came in a 5-2 win in 2007.
SCOUTING BROWN: The Bears will face Princeton Friday in their Ivy opening match before traveling to Penn on Saturday. Brown is coming into the weekend having dropped its last two matches versus William & Mary and Old Dominion. In February the Bears picked up four straight wins over Yale, Boston College, Connecticut, and Florida International. Brown is led at the top of its lineup by sophomore Dayna Lord and freshman Alyza Benotto.
THE SERIES WITH BROWN: Penn holds the overall series advantage with the Bears, 25-12. The Quakers have just one win in the last six times the schools have played, a 4-3 victory in 2013. Last season Brown defeated Penn 5-2.
PENN AT THE TOP: Senior Sol Eskenazi leads the Quakers in the No. 1 position with a 4-4 (0-1 Ivy) singles record and 6-2 (0-1 Ivy) doubles record this spring. Playing in the top spot along with the No. 2 position has been junior Sonya Latycheva with a 7-4 singles (0-1 Ivy) record and 6-5 (0-1 Ivy) doubles record.
AGAINST PRINCETON LAST WEEKEND: Despite competitive, back-and-forth scoring all afternoon, Penn managed to pick up just one point versus Princeton. The Quakers led at different times in two of the three doubles matches but were unable to close out either, relinquishing the first point to the Tigers. In singles, Penn picked up its only point in the fifth position, with freshman Ria Vaidya winning 6-4, 6-4. Both senior Sol Eskenazi and sophomore Kana Daniel pushed their matches to third sets, but eventually fell to their opponents.