PHILADELPHIA - Following a win over No. 34 Columbia on Sunday, the University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team has moved from No. 52 into the No. 48 spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. Penn finished in second in the Ivy League at 4-3 and will now have to wait and see if they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
It was a very strong finish to the season for the Quakers, winning four of their final five matches, including three against ranked opponents. Penn started the season 0-2 in Ivy play, but won three straight games over Brown, No. 63 Harvard, and No. 52 Dartmouth, giving them a shot at the conference title in the final weekend.
Penn's championship hopes were dashed last Friday with a tough loss to No. 63 Cornell, but the Quakers bounced back on Sunday with 4-3 win over No. 34 Columbia in New York to enhance their tournament resume.Penn will now have to wait until May 3 to see if they will make the field of 64. The Red and Blue's last appearance in the tourament was in 2007 following an Ivy League title. They also made it in 2006 as an at-large bid, going 15-6 and finishing second in the Ivy League at 6-1.