Women's Tennis Opens Ivy Play with 5-2 win Over Princeton

PRINCETON – Penn began the defense of its 2007 Ivy League title with a 5-2 win over No. 64 Princeton on Saturday in New Jersey.

After losing the doubles point, Penn rallied back to win five of the six singles matches for the win. All six women who played for Penn won a match on Saturday, whether it was singles or doubles.

The Tigers won the doubles point with wins at number two and number three. Penn won at number one as Julia Koulbitskaya and Ekaterina Kosminskaya, the 24th-ranked pair in the country, defeated Taylor Marable and Rebecca Parks, 8-5. Michelle Mitchell and Yulia Rivelis lost a close match to Sarah Huah and Ivana King, 8-9 (2).

Trailing 1-0, the Red and Blue took five singles matches to secure the win. Three of the wins came in three-set matches and Penn’s senior class stepped up as three of the upperclass members won their matches.

Our experience and senior leadership paid dividends today,” head coach Michael Dowd said. “Those young women know how to compete in and win close matches. Their will to win was a huge component of our victory today. This was a great way to start the Ivy season and hopefully it carries over to Yale and Brown next weekend.”

#72 Penn (6-6) def. #64 Princeton (7-7), 5-2

Doubles

Princeton wins, 2-1

#24 Julia Koulbitskaya/Ekaterina Kosminskaya (Penn) def. Marable/Parks (Prin.), 8-5 Sarah Huah/Rebecca King (Prin.) def. Michelle Mitchell/Yulia Rivelis (Penn), 9-8(2) Sarah Hoffman/Melissa Saiontz (Prin.) def. Maria Anisimova/Charlotte Tansill (Penn), 8-4

Singles

#103 Kosminskaya (Penn) def. #70 Saiontz (Prin.), 7-6, 6-4 Rivelis (Penn) def. King (Prin.), 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 Marable (Prin.) def. Koulbitskaya (Penn), 6-3, 6-4 Anisimova (Penn) def. Parks (prin.), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 Tansill (Penn) def. Hoffman (Prin.), 6-2, 6-3 Mitchell (Penn) def. Huah (Prin.), 2-6, 6-1, 7-5

Penn is back in action April 4 when it travels to New Haven for a match with Yale at 2:30 p.m.