PHILADELPHIA Headlined by junior Maria Anisimova who was named to the second-team All-Ivy in singles, four members of the Penn women’s tennis team were honored by the league office following the end of the 2008-09 season. Senior Lauren Sadaka and junior Ekaterina Kosminskaya were honorable-mention All-Ivy in singles, while doubles pair Sadaka and freshmen Emily Wolf also received honorable-mention. The Quakers finished the season 2-5 in the Ancient Eight - tied for fifth with Cornell and Dartmouth.
Anisimova compiled a 5-9 spring record and 4-3 Ivy League record playing primarily at No. 2, but as high as No. 1. In Penn’s 4-3 win over Cornell to close out the season, Anisimova won her match at No. 1 in two quick sets.
“Maria was a force to be reckoned with this year,” said interim head coach Sara Schiffman. “She consistently faced tough competition and was able to perform well for the team.Her winning record in the Ivy League proves how tough she is.
Sadaka had a 15-11 overall record and 10-6 spring record, including a team-high 5-2 Ivy League record playing at the No. 2 and No. 3 position. While serving as captain for the Red and Blue, Sadaka had unprecedented individual success during senior campaign. In Penn’s 4-3 win over Cornell to close out the season, Sadaka won her match at No. 2 that clinched the contest for the Quakers.
“Lauren finished her college career on such a wonderful note,” said Schiffman. “She is a player that the team was always able to rely on. She really stepped up her game this year and competed at a very high level.”
Kosminskaya served as captain with Sadaka for the 2008-09 season. She went 9-12 overall in 2008-09 playing all her matches at the No. 1 position. A two-time first-team All-Ivy selection, Kosminskaya has consistently been won of Penn’s top players.
“Kate struggled with her health quite a bit this spring,” said Schiffman. “Still, she fought through her illness to compete for the team and for that we are grateful.”
The duo of Sadaka and Wolf compiled an impressive 9-2 overall record, a team-high 6-1 in Ancient Eight play playing at the No. 2 and No. 3 position.
“Lauren and Emily had great chemistry on the court and their game styles complemented each other very well,” commented Schiffman. “I am so proud of everything they accomplished together.”