PHILADELPHIA - Women's tennis was recently honored as having the highest team GPA among all women's team within Penn Athletics as part of the halftime festivities at the Homecoming football game against Princeton. This marked the second consecutive season that the team has garnered this honor under third-year head coach Sanela Kunovac. The significance of excelling academically and athletically is not a lesson that is lost amongst her players.
"This is the second year in a row that we have achieved this award, making it even more special. It is an honor to be associated with this group of players who continually achieve goals both on the court and in the classroom," explained senior Daniela DePaoli, who has been a member of both award-winning teams.
Despite having a young team that features just one senior and a pair of juniors, women's tennis once again experienced great success during the fall season. In addition to their academic accomplishments, the Quakers advanced six singles players to the ITA Regionals this fall and those same six players made up the three doubles pairings that were also entered into the draw. In those draws, Penn advanced three singles players to the Round of 32 and one doubles pairing to the Round of 16.
Even though DePaoli, who was one of the six players to represent Penn at the ITA Regionals, will graduate from the School of Engineering and Applied Science this spring, she is confident that her teammates will continue to carry on the team's commitment to the highest possible academic and athletic achievements.
"I anticipate that even though I will not be a member of the team next year that they will go for three years in a row," stated DePaoli.
Coming this spring, the Quakers will get into the team portion of their schedule, looking to build on the success from a season ago. They will open up the spring schedule on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 against Drexel at 4 p.m. in Levy Pavilion.