Women's Tennis Hosts Richmond, No. 41 Maryland

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PHILADELPHIA - Off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008, women's tennis faces two of its toughest opponents to date this weekend inside the Levy Tennis Pavilion. On Saturday, the Quakers will welcome Richmond (1-0) to University City at 11 a.m. Then on Sunday, No. 41 Maryland (2-3) comes to Penn's indoor courts for a noon match.

The Quakers are off to a quick start after two home victories, 7-0 against Drexel and 5-2 against California (Pa.). Overall, Penn has compiled a combined singles record of 41-31, including a 10-2 mark since resuming play in January. Freshman Alex Ion leads the team with 11 victories after a 2-0 start to her spring season. She has played No. 3 in each of the first two matches.

Fellow freshman Sol Eskenazi's next win will be the 10th of her first season. She is 9-2 so far and has played No. 1 singles in both of the team's dual matches. Sophomore Stephanie Do has been slotted in the second position for both of her matches this spring. She split her first two matches and has seven wins overall this season.

At No. 4 and No. 5, Daniela DePaoli and Srinidhi Raghavan are each 2-0 in team duals. DePaoli has played No. 4 in the first two matches. She is 7-4 overall this season. Raghavan, looks to be finding her stride in the collegiate ranks as she has run her overall record to 4-5 with her two straight wins.

Jules Rodin and Emma Whitfield have each played one match during the spring at No. 6. Rodin is currently 1-0 in that position after her win over Drexel. Whitfield dropped her match at No. 6 after returning from injury in the match against California (Pa.).

In doubles play, the Quakers are a combined 24-15, including a 5-1 mark this spring to help them capture the doubles point in each of their first two matches. Eskenazi has played the No. 1 doubles position in both matches. Against Drexel, she teamed up with DePaoli and against California (Pa.) she played with Rodin. Penn took both the No. 1 doubles matches.

In the first match, Rodin teamed up with Raghavan as that duo took down the No. 3 doubles match. Last time out, DePaoli and Whitfield won No. 3 doubles. Do and Ion have played No. 2 doubles in each of the first two matches. They have compiled a 5-3 record in the eight matches that they have played together. Sophomores Jaime Yapp-Shing and Lauren Bridges have yet to see any action this season in singles or doubles play.

Richmond enters the weekend after winning the spring opener against Liberty, 4-3, last week. The Spiders will also take on Fordham on Penn's indoor courts this Friday before playing against the Quakers on Saturday. Elizabeth Sims enters the weekend with a team-high seven wins this season. She played No. 5 singles last match.

In doubles, Alex Smyth and Helen Cunningham have won six matches together. They also competed in the top singles spot in the first dual of the season. Last season, Richmond downed Penn, 4-3. The Quakers took the early doubles point with a pair of victories, but the Spiders came back to take four of the six singles matches.

Maryland has played a challenging schedule from the start and is coming off a 4-3 win against Harvard its last time out. The Terrapins are currently ranked 41st nationally. In addition to the team's ranking, Christina Stancu is currently ranked 28th in the nation for the Terrapins. Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus are ranked 37th in doubles.

After starting off the team's dual schedule with four straight home matches, women's tennis will be on the road next Friday and Saturday at Penn State. In those matches they will go up against Penn State and Tulane.

The series vs. Richmond:
Overall:
The two teams have split the first 12 matches, 6-6
At Penn: Richmond owns a 4-3 advantage
Current Streak: Richmond has won the last two meetings
Last season: Richmond won 4-3
Last Penn win: February 2, 2007, 6-1, at Penn
Series notables:
­- Richmond's last two wins snapped Penn's five-match winning streak in the series.
- These schools met in the 2002 NCAA Championships. Penn won 4-0 that year.

The series vs. Maryland:
Overall:
Penn is 16-10
At Penn: The Quakers are 9-3
Current streak: Maryland has won two in a row
Last meeting: February 20, 2010, Maryland won 7-0
Last Penn win: February 23, 2008, 4-3, at Maryland
Series notables:
- Last year was the first time since 2002 the schools did not meet each other in team play.
- In a closely contested series, the 2010 match was the only meeting in series history where one school swept all the points.