Women's Tennis Heads to Richmond for VCU 4-1 Invitational

2010-11 Singles Results

2010-11 Double Results

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's women's tennis team will compete at Virginia Commonwealth's annual 4-1 Invitational this weekend in Richmond, Virginia. The Quakers (1-0) are scheduled to play two matches on Saturday, the first against host school VCU at 10 a.m. followed by Norfolk State at 2 p.m. Then on Sunday, the Quakers will face off against UNC Wilmington at 10 a.m.

VCU will be a tough task for the Red and Blue to handle. The Rams have a nice balanced attack up and down both their singles and doubles record. VCU is currently ranked 31st in the ITA Division I national team rankings. Last season, it claimed the CAA Conference title after finishing 20-4 during the regular season. In addition, the Rams have made 10 NCAA tournament appearances in the past 13 years, including most recently last year. VCU has one singles player nationally ranked, sophomore Josefin Hjertquist, who is ranked 68th in the country. Hjertquist, completed the fall season with a 11-4 record, and also reached the semifinals of the ITA Atlantic Regionals.

Norfolk State has already competed in dual competition this spring, losing to Old Dominion last Sunday, 6-1. The only win from the Spartans came from junior Naaemah Brooks. At the No. 1 spot was Freshman Gabriella Jonsson. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, she saw limited competition in the fall, but she is expected to be a huge impact for the Spartans. Norfolk State only had a total of three wins on the season last year.

The VCU 4-1 Invitational will be UNC Wilmington's first action in the spring season. In its last action in the fall, the Seahawks captured four out of five singles flight titles in its very own UNCW Fall Invitational. Freshman Olga Blank won the Flight A1 Singles title, finishing the fall with a 6-2 record. Similarly, the majority of UNC Wilmington's singles players had winning records, with at most two losses. Fellow freshmen Angie Sekely went 8-1 in the fall. Last season, the Seahawks finished with a 15-8 record.

The Quakers are coming off of their first win in the spring season, sweeping Drexel on Wednesday, 7-0. Four freshmen made their dual competition debut and they did not disappoint. No. 14 Connie Hsu, Jaime Yapp-Shing, Stephanie Do, and Lauren Bridges each picked up a win in singles and played a role in a doubles victory. Also picking up wins in singles were junior Daniela DePaoli and sophomore Emma Whitfield. Whitfield also played doubles, while junior Emily Wolf returned to action on the second doubles team.

Penn did not participate in the 4-1 Invitational a year ago. However, it did make a trip down to Richmond to take on VCU in non-conference action. Unfortunately for the Quakers, the trip did not go as planned and they dropped a 6-1 match to the CAA Champions. The Quakers did not face anybody from the three schools they will match up with in the fall season.

Download: 2010-11 Doubles Results.pdf