PHILADELPHIA – Now sitting with a 7-7 overall record, and a 0-3 Ivy League record, the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team is looking to breakthrough in league competition traveling to face 63rd-ranked Harvard and No. 37 Dartmouth this weekend.
The Quakers (7-7, 0-3 Ivy) have been on the verge of claiming Ivy matches, but have been unable to come away with the critical sets to claim points and matches. Penn will face two challenging tests this weekend against the ranked Crimson (7-7, 0-2 Ivy) and Big Green (14-4, 1-1 Ivy).
On the road, the Quakers play Harvard Saturday beginning at 12 p.m., before moving on to face Dartmouth at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Fans can follow the Penn women’s tennis team on Facebook or Twitter - @PennWTennis.
SCOUTING HARVARD: Coming into the match with an identical overall and Ivy record as Penn, the 63rd-ranked Crimson have squared off against seven ranked teams this spring, winning three of those matches. Harvard’s wins against ranked opponents have come against No. 45 DePaul, No. 60 Boston College, and No. 70 North Texas. Losses have been to No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 10 Stanford, No. 5 California, and No. 67 Maryland. The Crimson have lost to Cornell and Columbia, by 5-2 scores, in Ivy League play.
THE SERIES WITH HARVARD: Penn trails the overall series with Harvard, 9-28. The past two seasons the Quakers have played the Crimson down to the wire before being edged, 4-3. In 2012, Penn defeated Harvard, 4-3, at home.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: Currently sporting the best overall record in the Ivy League at 14-4, the Big Green’s four losses have all come in their last seven matches, beginning the season 11-0. Dartmouth is 1-1 in Ivy play, falling to Columbia 6-1 before defeating Cornell 4-3. The Big Green have wins over ranked opponents No. 54 Princeton, No. 39 Columbia – before Ivy play – No. 70 Minnesota, No. 66 Denver, and No. 59 UC Irvine.
THE SERIES WITH DARTMOUTH: Penn leads the overall series with Dartmouth, 21-15, but the Big Green have taken five of the last six matches versus the Quakers. In 2014, Penn was clipped 4-3 versus Dartmouth. The Quakers won 5-2 in 2013 in Hanover, N.H.
PENN AT THE TOP: Senior Sol Eskenazi leads the Quakers in the No. 1 position with a 5-5 (1-2 Ivy) singles record and 6-4 (0-3 Ivy) doubles record this spring. Playing in the top spot along with the No. 2 position has been junior Sonya Latycheva with a 7-5 singles (0-2 Ivy) record and 6-6 (0-3 Ivy) doubles record.
FRESHMEN PICKING UP POINTS: Quaker freshman Lina Qostal and Ria Vaidya have been picking up some key points for Penn in matches. Qostal and Vaidya are both 6-7 overall and 1-2 in Ivy play. Vaidya won her individual match against Princeton, a 6-4, 6-4 victory. Qostal picked up her individual match in Ivy play versus Brown, winning 6-1, 6-2.
LAST WEEKEND VS. YALE AND BROWN: Penn dropped its first match of the weekend, 7-0, to Yale. Senior Sol Eskenazi pushed her singles match to three sets in the No. 1 position, winning the second set 6-4, before falling. Freshmen Ria Vaidya and Lina Qostal also went to three sets in singles, with Vaidya winning her first before dropping the next two, and Qostal winning her second set, 6-2, before losing. On Saturday in a 5-2 defeat versus Brown, senior Sol Eskenazi and freshman Lina Qostal picked up points for the Quakers in the No. 1 and No. 4 positions in singles. Freshman Ria Vaidya playing in the fifth position pushed her match to a third set tiebreak before falling.