PHILADELPHIA - Penn got out to a quick start in doubles action and it carried that momentum all the way through the match in a convincing 5-2 defeat over George Washington in Women's Tennis action on Sunday. The Quakers (3-2) also remained undefeated in the Levy Pavilion through their first two matches of the spring. This result today reverses the outcome of a year ago when George Washington won 4-3.
The Quakers top duo, Connie Hsu and Alexa Ely got the team off to a good start as the pair won the top doubles matchup 8-3. Simultaneously, Jaime Yapp-Shing and Stephanie Do were also in the process of winning the number two doubles by the same score. However, the best performance in doubles would come from Jules Rodin and Emily Wolf when they teamed up to take number three by a dominating 8-1 final. With the sweep of all three matches in doubles play, Penn took an early 1-0 advantage into the individual matches.
In those single matches, Hsu would take the home the win at number one with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. This was her fifth victory of the spring and her 28th victory on the season overall. Yapp-Shing, who played in the number three position, would allow just one more game than Hsu, as she won (6-2, 6-1).
Daniela DePaoli was in a battle at number five in the first set. Ultimately, DePaoli would pull out the first set (6-4) and quickly turn around to take the second set 6-2 for Penn. After spending the fall semester studying abroad and only playing in doubles competition in the Quakers first four matches of the spring, Wolf made her singles debut at number six for Penn. She showed no signs of this being her first singles action of the spring as she took the first set 6-0 and then finished off the match with a 6-3 victory in the second set.
George Washington did manage to claim two singles matches, but the Quakers did not go down quietly in either match. At number two, Ely forced a tiebreaker in the first set, but she would lose the competitive tiebreaker to drop the set. She continued her battle throughout the second set, but would ultimately drop this set by a 6-3 margin. Do also got out in front early in her singles matchup, winning the first set 6-2. However, the tide would turn against her as she would then drop the next two sets.
With at least four more home matches remaining, pending the rescheduling of the match against Saint Joseph's, Penn will not be leaving Philadelphia for a while, but the Quakers will receive a week and half break before their next competition. They will then get back into action for a Wednesday matinee against Temple. This match will begin a 4 p.m. Just like today, the Quakers will have a score to settle with the Owls, who won the match last year 4-3.
Penn 5 George Washington 2
No. 1: Alexa Ely/Connie Hsu (P) def. Mimi Hamling/Zoe Krohn (GW) 8-3
No. 2: Jamie Yapp-Shing/Stephanie Do (P) def. Jacqueline Corba/Meg Tyner (GW) 8-3
No. 3: Jules Rodin/Emily Wolf (P) def. Isabella Escobar/Leah Pascarella (GW) 8-1
* Penn wins the doubles point with the 3-0 doubles victory
No. 1: No. 14 Connie Hsu (P) def. Jacqueline Corba (GW) 6-1, 6-1
No. 2: Julia Blakeley (GW) def. Alexa Ely (P) 7-6 (5), 6-3
No. 3: Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) def. Mimi Hamling (GW) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4: Leah Pascarella (GW) def. Stephanie Do (P) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 5: Daniela DePaoli (P) def. Jen Hirsh (GW) 6-4, 6-2
No. 6: Emily Wolf (P) def. Dorota Lysienia (GW) 6-0, 6-3