Women's Tennis Plays Penn State, Tulane This Weekend

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PHILADELPHIA - After a weekend split that included a big 4-3 win over Richmond, women's tennis will travel to Penn State this weekend for the team's first road duals of the season. The Quakers will take on Penn State (4-2) Friday at 5 p.m. before a neutral site match with Tulane (6-1) on Saturday at noon. The Quakers (3-1) got off to 3-0 start before being handed their first loss against No. 41 Maryland this past Sunday.

In singles play, Penn has a combined record of 45-39, including a 14-10 mark so far in the first four team duals. The Quakers have won at least four singles matches in each of their three team victories this season. Alex Ion is a team-best 12-4 this season. She has been playing No. 3 so far in team duals. After three straight-set wins to open the season, Ion's first loss of the spring came in a 10-point tiebreak against Maryland.

Sol Eskenazi is currently 10-3 overall. She is also 3-1 at the No. 1 position this season. On Sunday, she was in a first set tiebreak with 28th-ranked Cristina Stancu of Maryland. However, Eskenazi had to retire after an injury she suffered during that tiebreak for her first loss of the spring. Stephanie Do has played No. 2 in each of the team's matches. She is 2-2 and pulled out the three-set win against Richmond for the team's fourth point of the match in the very last match to finish play. She is 7-6 overall.

Senior Daniela DePaoli is also 2-2 at No. 4 this spring and 7-6 overall. She started out the spring season with two straight wins against Drexel and California (Pa.) before suffering her first losses of the spring this past weekend. Emma Whitfield played No. 5 in both of the team's matches this past weekend. She has two victories for the entire season. She won sets against both Richmond and Maryland, but fell in three sets and a 10-point tiebreak during those matches.

Jules Rodin is off to a 2-1 start playing at No. 6 singles. Rodin started her spring with consecutive straight wins against Drexel and Richmond before a hard-fought loss against Maryland that included a 7-5 second set. Srinidhi Raghavan did not see any action this past weekend, but is 2-0 at the No. 5 position when she has played. She has allowed just six games total in the first four sets that she has played this spring.

Penn is 26-19 overall in doubles matches this season. The Quakers are also 3-1 at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Eskenazi and Rodin have played No. 1 doubles together in three of the four matches. They are 2-1 as a pairing, including their victory over Maryland's 37th-ranked doubles pairing last weekend. Eskenazi played with DePaoli in the other No. 1 doubles match.

Do and Ion have played each of the duals together at No. 2 doubles. They are just 1-3, but are 5-5 overall this season. DePaoli and Whitfield have played the last three matches at No. 3 doubles together. They are 2-1 in team duals and 4-3 for the season. Rodin and Raghavan have also won one match at No. 3 doubles this season.

Penn State comes into the weekend winners of four straight. The Nittany Lions have not been defeated on their home courts this season and have beaten two straight ranked opponents. No. 96 Petra Januskova holds down the No. 1 position for Penn State. She is 18-2 overall and defeated Eskenazi in a pair of hard fought sets in the semifinals of the Cissie Leary Invitational this fall. The only other match between the two schools was when Penn defeated Penn State in the Cissie Leary doubles finals.

Tulane comes into play this weekend after suffering just its first loss of the season this past Wednesday against nationally-ranked LSU. The Green Wave also have four wins by 7-0 scores. Mariam Kurdadze has compiled a 14-4 record this season, including a 5-1 mark at the No. 1 position. Four of Tulane's players have at least 12 wins this season. Caroline Magnusson has a team-high 16 doubles wins. She has played primarily at the No. 4 position. In doubles, the Green Wave are a combined 55-17, including a 19-2 mark in team duals.

After its first road match of the spring season, women's tennis will be back at home next Saturday, February 25 against Buffalo.

The series with Penn State:
Overall: The Quakers hold a 16-15 edge
At Penn State: The Nittany Lions are 8-7
Current streak: Penn has won the last six meetings to take the series advantage
Last meeting: January 27, 2007 at Penn State, Penn won, 5-2
Penn State's last win: February 24, 2001, at Penn State, 5-2
Series notables:
- The two schools met every year from 1998-2007, but have not met since then
- In team duals, head coach Sanela Kunovac went a combined 2-1 in doubles and 2-1 in singles against the Nittany Lions as Penn defeated Penn State in each of her last three seasons as a player for the Quakers.

The series with Tulane:
Overall: The two schools have meet just twice, Tulane won both
At a neutral site: This will be the first neutral site meeting between the schools
Last meeting: March 13, 2001, the Green Wave won, 4-3