Women's Tennis Opens Season with Drexel

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's tennis team will kickoff its 2010 season Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Penn's Levy Pavilion. With a new coaching staff and a handful of new faces, the Quakers look to start the season off on the right note against cross-town rival Drexel.

Taking the reigns in her first season as head coach, Sanela Kunovac hopes to relive the success she had as a player, as a coach. Kunovac was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in 2001, the first Penn women's tennis player to earn both honors in the same season. That freshman year, she played No. 1 singles and led the Quakers to their first Ivy League championship and an NCAA Championship first-round appearance. Penn also won the Ivy title in 2002, Kunovac's sophomore season, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Kunovac was the first three-year captain in program history and a two-time All-Ivy selection in both singles (2001, 2002) and doubles (2001, 2002).

"I have set high goals for the upcoming years. I expect our team to compete at the highest levels and represent the University with pride and honor, both in the Ivy League and at the national level. I am aware that we have a long and challenging journey ahead of us, but I am confident in our players. I look forward to our journey and future successes," said Kunovac. Kunovac is assisted by Pavle Jefferson.

Returning from last year's team are seniors Maria Anisimova and Jacqueline Wong, junior Alexa Ely, and sophomores Daniela DiPaoli and Emily Wolf. Wolf led the Quakers with a strong fall season, in which she went 4-3, including a 6-0, 6-3 win over Drexel's Elise Leizerovich in the Cissie Leary Tournament.

The Red and Blue did not compete in any duel matches in the fall, but did give its newcomers experience in four tournaments. Penn will look to freshmen Caitlin Bolnick, Charlotte Ezratty, Jordana Kono, and Jules Rodin to make an immediate impact in the Quakers' lineup.

Drexel went 3-1 in its fall season with victories over St. Francis (N.Y.), Monmouth, and Rider.