Coral Gables, Fla. - The University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team opened its spring campaign with a loss on Saturday atNo. 12 ranked University of Miami, 7-0, at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
"Miami is a very seasoned team," said Head Coach Michael Dowd. "It wastough, but it was a good start to the season. I look forward to building from this."
At No. 1 singles, freshman Julia Koulbitskaya fell to Megan Bradley, the No. 2 ranked player in the nation, 6-1, 6-2. Fellow freshman Yulia Rivelis fell in three sets at the No. 2 position, 7-6 (7), 1-6, 6-2.
At the No. 3 position, senior Shelah Chao fell in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, as did junior Raluca Ciochina at No. 4 and junior Caroline Stanislawski at No. 6. Ciochina fell 6-0, 7-5 while Stanislawski was defeated, 6-2, 6-4.
In doubles action, the team of Koulbitskaya/Michelle Mitchell fell to the eighth-ranked team in the nation, 8-2 at the No. 1 spot and Ciochina/Sanislawski fell at No. 3 doubles, 8-5.
The Quakers are next in action on Feb. 11 when they travel to Penn State for a 4 p.m. start.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant