PHILADELPHIA The Penn women’s tennis team is hosting its second weekend of opponents this season starting with George Washington Friday at 2:00 p.m. The Quakers will finish the weekend with Maryland on Sunday at noon. The Red and Blue are currently 0-3 with early season losses from Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth and Richmond.
This will be the first meeting between Penn and George Washington, but they carry a similarity as the Colonials’ head coach Dawn Buth served as an assistant coach for Penn during the 2003-04 campaign andPenn’s current interim head coach Sara Schiffman was a player during that time. The Colonials post a 2-2 record heading into this weekend and have one common opponent with the Quakers Old Dominion. While the Quakers were narrowly defeated by Old Dominion, 4-3, the Colonials were swept, 7-0.
Penn will round out the weekend with a match versus Maryland. The Quakers and the Terps played in a thrilling match last season that ended with Penn routing Maryland, 4-3. The Red and Blue picked up the crucial doubles point in the match and a huge win from then-freshmen Alexa Ely to help solidify the win. The Terps are currently 5-1 with its sole win versus Columbia, 7-0. Penn and Maryland have had two familiar opponents, Old Dominion and Richmond, whom both teams fell too.
While the Quakers have had a slow start to the spring season the team has seen promising talent from several players, in particular senior captain Lauren Sadaka. Sadaka has won her singles matches in the last two contests at the No. 2 slot, including Penn’s only win during the Richmond match.