Women's Tennis Heads to Florida For Spring Break

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PHILADELPHIA - Just past the halfway point of the non-conference portion of the slate, women's tennis will be back in action this Thursday and Friday during the team's annual Spring Break trip. The Quakers have had just under two weeks to rest and recover from a tough stretch of non-conference matchups. However, two more tests in Florida Gulf Coast and Florida International are awaiting the team in the Sunshine State.

Freshman Alex Ion recorded her first victory since moving up to the No. 2 spot, winning against Buffalo. Overall this spring, she is 4-3, but two of her losses have come in three set matches. Combined with the fall, Ion has a team-high 13 wins through her first 19 matches this season. Fellow freshman Srinidhi Raghavan also picked up her first win at No. 4 against Buffalo. Raghavan is 3-2 overall this spring, including a 2-0 mark at No. 5. She has won five matches overall.

Sophomore Stephanie Do has been holding down the No. 1 position recently. She has not been able to come up with a victory at the top slot, but has come closer in each successive match. She has won seven matches overall this year, including two wins at the second position this spring. Senior Daniela DePaoli also brings seven victories into play. She has been playing No. 3 recently and has two wins at No. 4 this spring.

Junior captain Jules Rodin has two wins this spring at No. 6. She has played No. 5 in each of the last three matches and just came out on the wrong side of two consecutive three set matches in that new spot. In has also been a spring of close calls for Emma Whitfield. The junior has played six matches and forced a decisive third set in one and a pair of 10-point tiebreaks in two more.

Freshman Sol Eskenazi has not played in the team's last four matches, but has a 10-3 record overall, including a 3-1 mark at No. 1 this spring. She started out the spring with three straight victories in that top spot. Her only loss came when she was forced to retire against Maryland's 28th-ranked player in the country.

In doubles, Do and Ion have played No. 1 the last three matches. They have combined to win five matches together dating back to the fall season where they qualified for the ITA Regional doubles draw. In their last match, they were down 7-0 and won six straight games before coming up just short, 8-6.

Raghavan and Rodin have filled the second doubles position in the last three matches. They started the spring at No. 3 and are unbeaten in their only match at that position. DePaoli and Whitfield have been the most stable pairing, playing the last six matches together at No. 3 doubles. They have won two matches together this spring in that position and have four victories as a team dating back to the fall.

Florida Gulf Coast comes into the match with a 3-4 record overall. Morgan Bechtel has won a team-high six matches for the Eagles, including a 4-2 mark at No. 4 this season. Bettina Botha is also 4-2 this spring, playing all her matches at the No. 5 position in the lineup. Sarah Means has compiled a 3-4 record in the No. 1 spot this season and has a 4-6 record overall this year.

Florida International has been ranked in top-75 throughout the season, but has since dropped from the rankings. Karyn Guttorsmen is a team-best 8-7 this season. She has played anywhere from No. 4 to No. 6 in the FIU lineup. Rita Maisek and Giulietta Boha each have seven wins this season. Maisek has also spent two matches at No. 1.

After returning from Florida, the Quakers will not be back in action until Wednesday, March 21 when cross-town rival Temple comes to University City. The matchup with Temple will also mark the final non-conference match of the season. Ivy League play will open up for Penn the first full weekend in April.

The series with Florida Gulf Coast
- Thursday's match will be the first ever meeting between the two squads

The series with Florida International
Penn leads, 1-0
Only meeting: The Quakers won at Florida International, 6-3, on March 9, 1998