PHILADELPHIA - After being pushed back two days, women's tennis will hit the courts on Friday for its last competition before heading to Florida for three matches over spring break. Penn (5-4) is coming off of a 7-0 sweep against Saint Joseph's in which the Quakers won all three doubles matches to go along with the six singles matches. Binghamton (2-4) comes into this match after having dropped its match at Dartmouth, 6-1.
Despite the team's record, Binghamton features six players who currently have winning records this season. Most notably out of that group is Anna Edelman, who is 22-5 coming into this match. She has played exclusively at number one this spring. She and Connie Hsu are in line for a rematch on Friday. During the fall, Hsu defeated Edelman (7-5, 7-6 (0)) to capture the ITA Regional Finals. As a result, Hsu and Edelman are currently ranked first and second in the Northeast Region.
Another Binghamton player to keep an eye on will be Jillian Santos, who is 15-6 on the year, playing number two this spring. She is currently ranked 20th in the Northeast Region. Santos has split her matches with Penn players in the fall. She won her match against Daniela DePaoli, after DePaoli was forced to retire after an injury. Santos' loss came to Hsu in the Cissie Leary semi-finals. Overall, Penn and Binghamton matched up seven times in the fall in singles play. The Bearcats won four of those matches.
In doubles, Penn and Binghamton met five times in the fall. In these matches, it was Penn with the slight advantage, taking the win in three of the five. One of the more notable matches happened in the Cissie Leary Invitational Finals. In the finals, Hsu and Alexa Ely defeated Santos and Yulia Smirnova. This was one of the three doubles victories that Penn holds over Binghamton. Penn's top duo earned an 8-6 victory in this matchup to take the Cissie Leary Doubles.
For Penn, doubles play continued to be a strength of the team with the Quakers taking all three matches. They are now 15-6 in doubles matches this spring. Ely and Hsu picked up their fifth win together this spring and will be looking for their 20th victory together against Binghamton.
In singles, Penn maintains a winning record in three of the six slots on the ladder. With Hsu holding down the number one position, Penn is 9-0 in this position. In matches played at number three, Penn is 7-2. Jaime Yapp-Shing has been the primary contributor at this position, going 5-1 so far this spring. She will be riding a personal five-match winning streak coming into this match. At number six, the Quakers are a combined 5-1. Emma Whitfield is a perfect 3-0 in that position. She will be looking for 10th overall win this season in her next match.
This is the Quakers final match before spring break. Over the break, Penn will travel to Jacksonville for three matches against Stetson, North Florida, and James Madison. The first of those matches will be on March 8 when the Quakers host Stetson at 11 a.m.