PHILADELPHIA - After dropping its past two matches by a narrow 4-3 margin, the women's tennis team will look to regroup on Friday when it takes on Saint Joseph's in a the rescheduled match at 4 p.m. The Quakers (4-4) are currently 2-0 against teams from Philadelphia with victories over Drexel and Temple earlier in the sprin. This match will be the last inter-city matchup for Penn during the season.
Like Penn, Saint Joseph's also took a loss at the hands of Stony Brook in its last time out. The Hawks dropped a 6-1 match against Stony Brook the day before the Seawolves came to Penn. Prior to the match with Stony Brook, Saint Joseph's had just picked up its second victory of the season against Albany, 5-2.
Saint Joseph's and Penn did not meet up in any individual matchups during the fall season; however, Penn did send two players to compete in the Saint Joseph's Invitational this past fall. Freshman Lauren Bridges competed at the number three singles and won two matches before dropping her semi-finals match. Senior Rose Schlecker competed in the number four singles draw and won three consecutive matches before falling in the tournament finals.
Penn has been particularly strong in the doubles play this season. The Quakers are currently 12-6 in doubles matches contested this spring and 36-17 for the entire season. In the competitions where three doubles matches took place, Penn has taken that point four out of five times.
In singles, Connie Hsu has yet to lose a match at number one for Penn this spring. The number six position has also been a strong position for the Quakers this season. Penn is currently 4-1 in matches contested at number six. Emma Whitfield and Emily Wolf are both a perfect 2-0 when playing in this position. The number one and six positions were the positions where the Quakers picked up their two singles victories against Stony Brook. The Quakers are also 6-2 at number three. Jaime Yapp-Shing has been the primary number three this season and has four victories in that slot. Daniela DePaoli and Stephanie Do also have one win each when playing third.
The match with Saint Joseph's will be the fifth of six home matches in a row for the team before it heads to Florida for the Spring Break trip. The Quakers will also host Binghamton next Wednesday at 4 p.m. After that, Penn will head to Florida for three matches over Spring Break.