Penn singles records
Penn doubles records
California University of Pa. records
PHILADELPHIA - Following a last second change of plans two weekends ago, women's tennis will return to the courts this Sunday against Division II California University of Pennsylvania. The match will begin at 1 p.m. Both teams come into the weekend unbeaten through early schedules. Penn (1-0) has just the 7-0 over Drexel, but has been trying to stay sharp with a scrimmage last weekend.
The Vulcans (3-0) played three matches this fall in addition to individual play, all 9-0 wins. Cal (Pa.) will also have a match with Duquesne this Friday before playing Penn on Sunday. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
Penn had six double-winners in its first match against Drexel as all six of the players that played singles matches also made up the doubles pairings. Two freshman, Alex Ion (10-3) and Sol Eskenazi (8-2) lead Penn in singles wins this season. Eskenazi played No. 1 the first match of 2012, while Ion played at No. 3.
Sophomore Stephanie Do played the highest-ranked match of her Penn career at No. 2 against Drexel. She now has six wins through her first 10 matches. With an identical record to Do, Daniela DePaoli, the lone senior on the team, played No. 4 singles in her win against Drexel.
Srinidhi Raghavan and Jules Rodin rounded out the No. 5 and No. 6 matches for Penn in the first team competition. Raghavan won the third match of her freshman season, while Rodin picked up her first win of the New Year after battling through a tough fall season.
Players not seeing action in the first team dual included ITA Regional qualifiers Emma Whitfield and Jaime Yapp-Shing, along with Lauren Bridges, who has yet to compete this season.
In doubles, Penn cruised at No. 2 and No. 3, while coming from behind to take the No. 1 doubles match. At No. 2, Do and Ion got back together after a successful fall season. With a win against Drexel, the pairing is now a combined 5-2 playing doubles together. After playing just one match together in the fall, Rodin and Raghavan showed no signs of unfamiliarity with each as they picked up their first win as a pairing at No. 3.
At the No. 1 position, DePaoli and Eskenazi played together for the first time ever. After a rough start while the duo was trying to get a feel for their playing partners, Penn's top pairing in the first match rallied from down four games to force a tiebreak that they would eventually win.
The Vulcans come into play as the 11th-ranked team nationally in Division II. Individually, California (Pa.) has three players that maintain top-38 rankings nationally. Martina Rubesova is ranked 12th in the nation in singles. Annabel Pieschl is ranked 33rd, while Jade Pondicas is 38th overall. Anastassiya Zherdeva is also receiving votes in the singles poll.
In doubles play, the Vulcans also have a pair of top-15 doubles nationally. Rubesova and Franziska Steinhardt are ranked sixth in the country amongst Division II pairings, while Pieschl and Pondicas are ranked 15th. The visitors also boast very impressive overall records. The Vulcans are 69-12 in singles matches and 40-5 in doubles matches.
After this Sundays's match, Penn will host two more duals on its home courts next weekend. Richmond and Maryland will each be making the trip to Philadelphia next Saturday and Sunday.