Women's Tennis Set to Honor Seniors

PHILADELPHIA – It is senior day for the four members of the women’s tennis class of 2008 at Lott Courts as the Quakers take on Cornell. Julia Koulbitskaya, Michelle Mitchell, Yulia Rivelis and Charlotte Tansill will all be honored before the match with the Big Red for their accomplishments while playing for the Red and Blue. Combined, the foursome has won 229 singles matches and 189 doubles contests.

Here is a look at the four women who are completing their Penn careers:

• Julia Koulbitskaya finishes a stellar four-year career for Penn this weekend. She is a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection in singles, receiving the honor in both 2006 and 2007. She also was second-team All-Ivy in singles in 2005. She has twice been named first-team All-Ivy in doubles. She has won 72 singles matches over her career and 74 doubles wins. She teamed with Kate Kosminskaya to win the Cissie Leary and William & Mary Invitational doubles titles this season. She is a two-time captain of the Quakers.

• Michelle Mitchell has been a valuable member of the Quakers’ lineup for the last four years, playing in numerous positions in both the singles and doubles ladder. She has picked up 40 singles wins over the course of her career, including ten so far this season. She has also won 42 doubles matches. She is one of Penn’s tri-captains in 2007-08.

• Yulia Rivelis is the third of Penn’s tri-captains, serving as such for two seasons. The San Francisco, Calif. native has won 81 matches for the Quakers in singles competition while also securing 44 doubles wins. She has been named first-team All-Ivy in singles the last three seasons (2005, 2006 and 2007) and was named first-team All-Ivy in doubles in 2006.

• Charlotte Tansill is completing her second season at Penn after transferring from North Carolina. She was won 36 singles matches in her two years for the Red and Blue. In her two years, she has yet to lose an Ivy singles match, going 9-0 over that span. Her doubles career has seen 29 wins.

After the seniors have been honored, it will be time to get down to business. Penn is in second place in the Ivy League with a 4-1 record. The Quakers trail only Yale, who defeated Penn earlier in the season. The Quakers can tie the Bulldogs if Yale loses this weekend, either at home against Harvard today or at Dartmouth on Sunday. If the two teams are tied at the end of the regular season, a playoff will be held in New Haven next weekend.