PHILADELPHIA – Coming off its first loss of the spring season, the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team returns to the courts inside the Hecht Tennis Center Sunday at 12 p.m. taking on Philadelphia neighbor Drexel.
The Quakers (3-1) look to rebound from a 4-3 defeat at Old Dominion, their first loss of the spring season, while the Dragons (8-0) will look to continue their hot start to 2015.
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SCOUTING DREXEL: The Dragons have one match on Friday, prior to facing Penn on Sunday. Drexel will put its undefeated record to the test against Villanova before facing the Quakers. Currently, the Dragons have wins over Rider, La Salle, St. Francis (N.Y.), Morgan State, Lehigh, Lafayette, and UMBC. Drexel is led by senior Nicole Pivonka and junior Erin Bowsher.
THE SERIES WITH DREXEL: Penn leads the overall series with Drexel, 9-0. Last season, the Quakers defeated the Dragons 5-2, with current seniors Sol Eskenazi and Alexandra Ion picking up individual wins in singles play.
LAST TIME OUT AT ODU: Penn was able to capture its fourth straight doubles point of the spring, when senior Sol Eskenazi and junior Sonya Latycheva won 6-4 in the first position, and sophomore Kana Daniel and freshman Ria Vaidya won 6-3 in the second position. Senior Alexandra Ion and freshman Lina Qostal, playing in the third match, were tied 5-5 when play was halted. Leading 1-0 heading into singles play, Penn managed to claim just two matches against the Monarchs. Sonya Latycheva won her fourth straight singles match of the spring, winning in three sets in the No. 2 position 0-6, 6-2, 6-4, and in the sixth position Alexandra Ion won in three sets 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4. Two other matches went into a third set, with Qostal and Vaidya pushing their opponents before falling in the fourth and fifth positions.
DOUBLES SUCCESS EARLY IN SPRING: Penn has seen early success this season in doubles play, earning the 1-0 advantage in all four of its matches thus far. The Quakers have used ninedifferent combinations in doubles matches, only using the same pair of players together once.