Women's Tennis Plays in VCU 4x1 Invitational Sunday

Penn Singles Records

Penn Doubles Records

VCU Individual Records

Georgetown Individual Records

The Series with VCU:
Overall series: VCU leads, 9-5
At VCU: The Rams are 4-2
Last Season: VCU downed Penn, 4-1 at this invitational
Current streak: VCU has won six in a row
Last Penn win: February 19, 2005, at Penn (5-2)
Series notables:
- These two schools have met every year since 2001
- Penn won five of the first eight matches in the series before VCU's recent winning streak

The Series with Georgetown:
Overall series: Penn leads, 12-1
On neutral site: Only meeting was in the 2000 ECAC Championships with Penn winning, 7-0
Last season: Penn won 4-3 at home
Current streak: The schools have split the last two meetings after Penn started the series winning 11 in a row
Last Georgetown win: January 24, 2010 at Penn, 5-2

PHILADELPHIA - After a strong 7-0 win to start the season against Drexel, women's tennis travels to the VCU 4x1 Invitational this Sunday, taking on Virginia Commonwealth (8 a.m.) and Georgetown (noon). With a different format of play than the usual, this weekend's matches will all consist of four singles and one doubles, with all five matches totaling the team's scores.

Penn had six double-winners on Wednesday night against Drexel as all six of the players that played singles matches also made up the doubles pairings. Two freshman, Alex Ion (10-3) and Sol Eskenazi (8-2) lead Penn in singles wins this season. Eskenazi played No. 1 the first match of 2012, while Ion played at No. 3.

Sophomore Stephanie Do played the highest-ranked match of her Penn career at No. 2 against Drexel. She now has six wins through her first 10 matches. With an identical record to Do, Daniela DePaoli, the lone senior on the team, played No. 4 singles in her win against Drexel.

Srinidhi Raghavan and Jules Rodin rounded out the No. 5 and No. 6 matches for Penn in the first team competition. Raghavan won the third match of her freshman season, while Rodin picked up her first win of the New Year after battling through a tough fall season.

Players not seeing action Wednesday night included ITA Regional qualifiers Emma Whitfield and Jaime Yapp-Shing, along with Lauren Bridges, who has yet to compete this season.

In doubles, Penn cruised at No. 2 and No. 3, while coming from behind to take the No. 1 doubles match. At No. 2, Do and Ion got back together after a successful fall season. With a win against Drexel, the pairing is now a combined 5-2 playing doubles together. After playing just one match together in the fall, Rodin and Raghavan showed no signs of unfamiliarity with each as they picked up their first win as a pairing at No. 3.

At the No. 1 position, DePaoli and Eskenazi played together for the first time ever. After a rough start while the duo was trying to get a feel for their playing partners, Penn's top pairing in the first match rallied from down four games to force a tiebreak that they would eventually win.

Penn's first opponent at the VCU Invitational will be the tournament hosts. VCU has already played two matches, winning both in its opening invitational. This included a 4-0 win over Drexel its first match of the year. Last year, playing at this same tournament, VCU downed Penn, 4-1.

Although VCU is just getting into the swing of the team portion of its schedule, the Rams are well versed in tournament play and have six different players with at least 17 wins. They also have three different doubles pairings with 15 or more wins.

At noon on Sunday, Penn will take on Georgetown. Although the Quakers did not play Georgetown at this invitational last season, Penn did beat the Hoyas, 4-3, on its home courts last season. The Hoyas will be entering team competition for the first time this weekend. In fall tournament play, Tina Tehrani (8-1) and Lauren Greco (9-5) led the team in singles wins. Georgetown has gone 12-14 in doubles play so far this season using multiple pairings.

After the VCU Invitational, Penn will have its next three matches, plus one scrimmage, on its home courts. After scrimmaging Temple next weekend, Penn will have an official match that was recently added to the schedule: California University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, February 5.