Women's Tennis Finishes Strong at Columbia Invitational

Doubles Results
Flight A Singles Results
Flight B Singles Results

NEW YORK - Participating in the Columbia Invitational this past weekend, members of the Penn women's tennis team spent the entire weekend in the winners' side of the brackets with the duo of Alexa Ely and Jaime Yapp-Shing capturing the doubles championship. Ely also made it to the semifinals of Flight A singles, while junior Daniela DePaoli made it to the finals of the Flight B singles draw after topping teammate Emma Whitfield in the semis.

In the first round of doubles play, the No. 3 seeded team of Ely and Yapp-Shing easily bowled over their hosting opponents Krupa Harishanke and Carolyn Costa, 8-0, then overcame Ioana Alecsiu and Tiana Takenaga of Columbia, 8-5, in the quarterfinals. The Penn pair won a tight tiebreaker match over the Lions' Nicole Bartnik and Chelsea Davis to set the stage for their triumphant victory over the No. 1 seeded Princeton team of Monica Chow and Sarah Hoffman.

DePaoli and freshman Stephanie Do also competed in doubles play, making it to the quarterfinals before falling to Bartnik and Davis. The pair won its first round match, 8-1, over Columbia'a Diana Shapoval and Bessie Rentzler.

Sophomore Emma Whitfield paired up with Saint Joseph's Zwirbulus because of odd numbers, and reached the semifinals before falling to Chow and Hoffman. The motley duo earned wins over two Columbia squads, 8-0 and 8-3.

The second-seeded Ely cruised to the semifinals of the Flight A draw with a bye in the first round, then a straight set win (6-0, 6-3) over Davis. The senior fell to Joanna Zwirbulis of Saint Joseph's in a hard-fought battle (3-6, 7-5, 10-8).

Earning the first singles win of her college career, Do topped SJU's Ksenia Mikhaylova, 6-1, 6-3, but fell to Bianca Sanon, 6-4, 7-6 (6). Yapp-Shing also won her first match in the Flight A draw with a victory over Tiana Takenaga of Columbia before falling to eventual champion Chow.

In Flight B singles, the showdown between DePaoli and Whitfield was set by Whitfield's wins over Sydney Clark (Columbia) and Jenny Yonkus (SJU), while No. 2 DePaoli topped Rentzler after a bye in the first round. DePaoli came out on top in the friendly matchup, 6-0, 6-2, before falling to the No. 1 seeded Hoffman.

The Quakers are back in action this weekend on their own courts, hosting the 14th annual Cissie Leary Invitational.

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