Women's Tennis Hosts a Pair of Nationally Ranked Teams This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - Following a near victory over the defending Ivy League Champions, women's tennis will hit the courts this weekend with two more Ivy League matchups on the schedule. The Quakers (6-9, 0-1 Ivy) will begin the weekend by hosting Yale on Friday for a 2 p.m. match, which will be followed by Brown on Saturday at noon.

Yale will certainly be no easy task for Penn as the Bulldogs come into the match on Friday with a 15-3 record in non-conference play. The match will Penn will be Yale's first Ivy contest of the season. The Bulldogs find themselves ranked 28th in the country, which is the highest ranking out of all the Ivy League schools. Individually, Elizabeth Epstein is ranked 115th in the nation for singles play. Yale and Penn did not see much of each other during the fall season. The Quakers went 1-2 in singles play against Yale and only played one match against the Bulldogs in doubles.

The schedule does not let up on Saturday when No. 43 Brown (11-6) comes to town for a noon showdown. The Bears will travel to Princeton on Friday for their first Ivy League matchup of the season. Penn and Brown have one common opponent on the season in Stony Brook. Against Stony Brook the Quakers dropped a close 4-3 match, while Brown was able to pick up a 6-1 victory against the Seawolves earlier in the season. Penn did not see much of Brown either during the fall season as the two teams split the only two singles matches and played just one doubles match against one another.

Connie Hsu comes into the weekend with 37 victories overall this season. Her next win will be the 15th of her spring season. Jaime Yapp-Shing currently sits at 13 victories on the season, while Emma Whitfield picked up her 11th win of the season with her win at number six over Princeton last week. Four players will be looking for their ninth victories of the season as Lauren Bridges, Daniela DePaoli, Stephanie Do, and Alexa Ely all come into the match with eight victories so far.

In doubles, Penn was once again strong against Princeton, taking all three doubles matches. Ely and Hsu come into the match on Friday with nine doubles victories together in the spring and 23 overall. The relatively new doubles pairing at numbers two and three have also been producing results for Penn. Yapp-Shing and Jules Rodin now have three wins together at number two after the Princeton match, while Do and Whitfield are now 4-2 together with the majority of the matches coming at number three doubles. Penn is now 24-11 in doubles play this spring and 49-25 for the entire season.

This weekend will be the second to last time to catch the Quakers at home this season. Following the three home matches to open the Ivy Slate, Penn will hit the road for the next two weeks with matches against Harvard, Dartmouth, and Cornell on the horizon. After that, the final chance to see Penn on its home courts will be on the regular season finale as Columbia will be in town on Sunday, April 17.