PHILADELPHIA - Women's tennis opened the team portion of its schedule with a resounding 7-0 victory against cross-campus rival Drexel Wednesday evening inside the Levy TennisPavilion. The Quakers (1-0) took all three of the doubles matches and then carried that momentum into singles play to hand Drexel (2-1) its first loss of the season. This marks the second year in a row that Penn has opened up its season with a 7-0 win at home against Drexel.
The Quakers got off to a quick start, taking the first two doubles matches to finish up with relative ease. After their run to the Round of 16 at regionals, Stephanie Do and Alex Ion picked up right where they left off, winning the No. 2 doubles, 8-1. Srinidhi Raghavan and Jules Rodin also picked up another 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles for their first win of the season together as a pairing.
After clinching the doubles point, Penn was down 5-1 in the finals doubles match, but Daniela DePaoli and Sol Eskenazi would not concede their match at No. 1. Down four games, the pairing that had not played together at all during the fall, found its footing and forced a tiebreak at seven-all. In that tiebreak, the duo allowed just one point to take all three doubles matches.
Rodin gave the Quakers their second team point of the evening with her quick win at No. 6 singles. After allowing just three games in the first set, the junior captain allowed just one game in the second to pick up her first singles win after being limited in the fall with injuries. Raghavan picked up the next singles match at No. 5 with an equally impressive victory. She allowed just three games total, one in the first and two in the second, to put Penn on the brink of victory.
The lone senior on this year's team, DePaoli, would then cement the win with her victory at No. 4. DePaoli allowed just one game in her first set and then put her stamp on the match with a 6-0 win in the second set. Eskenazi would thenadd on the fourth singles win of the night with hervictoryat No. 1. After a 6-2 win in the first set, the freshman battled all the way through the second set to come away with a 6-4 win in her straight-set match.
Ion, playing at No. 3, found herself locked in tight five-all match through 10 games in her first set. However, she would take the next two games, capturing the first set, 7-5. From there, she ran off six more straight games, eight in all, as she cruised to the straight-set win. This was also her team-leading 10th victory of the season.
Contrary to Ion's match, Do jumped out to a quick lead on her opponent with a 6-1 opening set win. Her opponent would not go away easily though as the two battled to a five-all tie after 10 games in the second set at No. 2. In the end, Do would be able to capture those last two games and give Penn straight set victories in each of the six singles matches.
With the first team match out of the way, two more await women's tennis this weekend at the VCU 4-1 Invitational. The Quakers will take part in two matches this Sunday as a part of the invitational. They will open up with the hosts at 8 a.m. and follow that up with a noon meeting against Georgetown.
Penn 7, Drexel 0
1: Daniela DePaoli/Sol Eskenazi (P) def. Sonja Stosic/Zeynep Mafa (D), 8-7 (1)
2: Stephanie Do/Alex Ion (P) def. Elise Leizerovich/Nicole Pivonka (D), 8-1
3: Srinidhi Raghavan/Jules Rodin (P) def. Marcela Rosales/Alex Bell (D), 8-1
1: Sol Eskenazi (P) def. Sonja Stosic (D), 6-2, 6-4
2: Stephanie Do (P) def. Zeynep Mafa (D), 6-1, 7-5
3: Alex Ion (P) def. Marcela Rosales (D), 7-5, 6-0
4: Daniela DePaoli (P) def. Elise Leizerovich (D), 6-1, 6-0
5: Srinidhi Raghavan (P) def. Nicole Pivonka (D), 6-1, 6-2
6: Jules Rodin (P) def. Alex Bell (D), 6-3, 6-1