Women's Tennis Opens 2012 with Drexel Wednesday

Penn Singles Records
Penn Doubles Records

All-Time Record vs. Drexel:
All-Time Series:
Penn leads 7-0
At Penn: Penn is 6-0
Last season: Penn won at home, 7-0
Series notables:
- This will be the third consecutive year the schools meet (1973-75, 2000-01 were the other years played)

PHILADELPHIA - After competing solely in individual tournaments during the 2011 portion of the season, women's tennis gets the team portion of its schedule started with cross-campus rival Drexel Wednesday inside the Levy Tennis Pavilion. Play will start with the doubles at 4 p.m. The Quakers are coming off a very successful fall season that saw six singles players and three doubles teams qualify for the ITA Regionals.

Leading the way this past fall was a pair of freshmen, Sol Eskenazi and Alex Ion. Eskenazi was recently ranked 17th in the northeast region in singles. She is currently 7-2 in singles, having also captured the Columbia Flight A singles title. Ion won a team-high nine matches in the fall, which included winning the Columbia Flight B singles title. Both Eskenazi and Ion advanced to the semifinals of the Cissie Leary Invitational and the Round of 32 at the ITA Regionals.

The third Penn player that advanced to the regional Round of 32 was Stephanie Do. The sophomore finished the fall with five wins, including coming from the Round of 128 at regionals, avenging one of her early season losses along the way. The lone senior on the squad, Daniela DePaoli, also finished the fall with five victories in singles and advanced to the ITA qualifying draw.

Rounding out the ITA Regional qualifiers were Jaime Yapp-Shing and Emma Whitfield. To start off the fall, Whitfield advanced to the William & Mary Flight E finals. Yapp-Shing struggled with injuries throughout the fall, but looks to return to her form from a season ago where she played primarily at No. 3 and as a high as No. 2, recording 15 wins as a freshman.

All six of the singles players selected to the ITA Regional also represented Penn in doubles that same weekend. Eskenazi and Yapp-Shing went 7-1 together in doubles with their only loss coming at the ITA Regional. Together they won the Columbia and Cissie Leary doubles titles. Do and Ion went 4-2 together and went the furthest of any Penn pairings at the ITA Regional doubles, advancing to the Round of 16. DePaoli and Whitfield finished the fall with an even 2-2 mark, highlighted by a run to the Cissie Leary quarterfinals.

Helping Penn achieve an overall record of 19-14 this fall in doubles were Srinidhi Raghavan and Jules Rodin. Along with her two singles wins, Raghavan won four matches in doubles playing with multiple partners. Playing a tough fall schedule, Rodin competed in a pair of singles and doubles tournanments that included a win in the William & Mary Flight A doubles tournament. Looking to make her season debut this spring will be Lauren Bridges. The sophomore won 10 matches as a freshman.

With Drexel taking part in the Cissie Leary Invitational, the two schools met three times in singles with Penn taking all three head-to-head matchups. Drexel took part in two team matches this fall in addition to tournament play, winning 7-0 both times. The Dragons advanced two players to the ITA Regionals along with two doubles pairs. In the two team matches, Drexel used the same lineup with Zeynep Mafa and Emma Brook playing No. 1 and No. 2. Marcela Rosales has played No. 3 and has a team-high six wins.

A season ago, Penn also opened the team portion of the schedule with Drexel, downing the Dragons 7-0 as they swept all of the singles and doubles matches. The match with Drexel begins a busy week for the Quakers as they will continue play this weekend at the VCU Invitational beginning on Friday and going until Sunday.