PHILADELPHIA - After a tough match with Binghamton to finish out its six-match home stand, women's tennis heads to the Sunshine State for three matches in Jacksonville. The Quakers are coming off of a 5-2 defeat, but the final score does not reflect how close the actual match was. Penn (5-5) won two singles matches at number one, Connie Hsu, and number three, Jaime Yapp-Shing to pick up its two points in the match. In other singles matches, the Quakers had their opportunities to win the match, but could not pull out any of the three-set matches to overtake Binghamton. Penn will now look to come back strong in the Florida sun.
First up for the Quakers will be Stetson (8-1). Right out of the gate, Penn will be tested as Stetson boasts a talented lineup from top to bottom as evidenced by their overall record. The doubles competition looks to be very tight as it is a strength of both teams. Stetson is 22-5 overall in doubles matches, including a perfect 9-0 at number one doubles. This should provide for an interesting matchup between the pair Stetson will play and Penn's top duo of Hsu and Alexa Ely. Stetson is also 8-1 in five of the six spots in singles play. Stetson also has a winning record at number three, which is the only slot not 8-1 in singles play this season.
On Wednesday, the Quakers will take on North Florida at 2 p.m. North Florida currently sits at 4-2 on the year, including a current two match winning streak. In its last time out, North Florida won 6-1 against Charlotte. The team won all three of the doubles matches and also took five of the six singles matches. North Florida will also have home court advantage on its side. The team is a perfect 3-0 at home this season.
After taking Thursday off, Penn will hit the courts in Florida for the final team against UNC Wilmington. The Seahawks are 9-3 overall this season, including a 4-1 mark in neutral site matches. UNC Wilmington also has strong doubles play with an 18-6 record in those matches. In singles, the Seahawks have winning records at four of the six positions at singles, including an 11-1 mark at number two.
All in all, the trip to Florida will be a very good test for a Penn team that is gearing up for the Ivy League season. Once the team returns to Philadelphia, it will have one more match before the beginning of Ivy League Play. The Quakers will host Georgetown on Friday, March 18 in the final non-conference action of the regular season. After that, the Quakers host three consecutive Ivy League matchups at home beginning with Princeton on Saturday, March 26 at Noon.