PHILADELPHIA – After taking down undefeated Drexel this past Sunday, the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team turns its attention towards Richmond and No. 54 Maryland this weekend, hosting the Spiders this Saturday at 1 p.m. inside the Hecht Tennis Center, before traveling to play the Terrapins on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Penn (4-1) has seen a number of different players step up and play key roles in victories thus far in 2015, including freshman Lina Qostal, junior Sonya Latycheva, and senior Sol Eskenazi. The Quakers have also had a great deal of success in doubles play, winning the critical first point in all five of its matches this spring.
Saturday's home match will feature a free pizza lunch to all students in attendance at the Hecht Tennis Center in Penn Park.
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SCOUTING RICHMOND: The Spiders are 2-1 to begin the spring season, and will play Saint Joseph’s on Friday in Philadelphia before facing the Quakers on Saturday. Richmond’s two wins have come by 5-2 decisions over Navy and Bucknell. Its only loss came at William & Mary, a 6-1 defeat. The Spiders are led by junior Anna Abadias Morales playing in the No. 1 position.
THE SERIES WITH RICHMOND: Penn holds the overall series advantage over Richmond, 8-6. The Quakers have won the last two meetings, a 7-0 decision in 2013 and 4-3 victory in 2012. Penn sports a 5-4 record at home over the Spiders.
SCOUTING MARYLAND: The Terrapins enter the weekend ranked 54th in the ITA rankings and a 4-4 record. Maryland picked up its last victory over fellow Ivy Harvard, 5-2, and will face Rutgers on Saturday before facing Penn on Sunday. Maryland is led by sophomore Alexandra Stanova in the top position.
THE SERIES WITH MARYLAND: The Quakers lead the series over Maryland, 16-13, but the Terrapins have won the last five matchups, including a 4-2 victory last season at Penn. The Red and Blue’s last victory came on the road in 2008, a 4-3 win.
LAST TIME OUT VERSUS DREXEL: Penn rebounded from its first loss of the season last at Old Dominion, with a dominating performance over the Dragons. The Quakers won their fifth doubles point of the season picking up the top two matches. Senior Sol Eskenazi and freshman Lina Qostal teamed up for a 6-3 victory in the No. 1 spot, while junior Sonya Latycheva and sophomore Kana Daniel won 6-0 in the No. 2 position. The third doubles match went into a tiebreaker, where senior Alexandra Ion and sophomore Luba Vazhenina fell 6-5 (7-5). Penn swept the singles matches, one through six, with Eskenazi, Daniel, Qostal, and Vazhenina winning in straight sets. Latycheva and Ion bot won in three sets.
DOUBLES SUCCESS EARLY IN SPRING: Penn has seen early success this season in doubles play, earning the 1-0 advantage in all five of its matches thus far. The Quakers are 9-5 overall in doubles matches and have used 10 different combinations of players thus far.
HOT START…DESPITE THE COLD: Despite cold temperatures and snow in Philadelphia, Penn junior Sonya Latycheva is off to a hot start this spring beginning singles play 5-0. The quick start is also a dramatic difference from a fall season that saw Latycheva finish 1-7 in individual play.