PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team is looking to continue its 2-0 winning streak this weekend. Penn has beat Penn State, 5-2, and Richmond, 6-1, in the past two weeks and earned a national ranking of 37. They are set to take on Marshall on Friday at 3pm and East Tennessee on Saturday at 1 pm both to be played in Levy Pavilion.
The Quakers have never played either of the teams and are coming into this weekend clueless about their opponents. Marshall is ranked No. 59 in the country, went 18-7 in the 2005 season and is 4-2 right now. On February 3rd, the Herd hosted their highest ranked opponent, No. 27 Virginia and lost to them 5-2. After Virginia, Marshall has won two matches in a row, coming to Philadelphia on a positive roll.
East Tennessee is a tough team, which has already played six matches this spring. The Buccaneers have a win loss record 2-4 thus far. Their four losses, however, come from four teams that are all ranked top 35 in the country. In their last two matches, they swept past Murray and East Kentucky, winning 6-1 and 7-0, respectively. The Buccaneers are now preparing to take on our Ivy League rival, Princeton, in New Jersey on Friday, before coming to Philadelphia on Saturday to face off against Penn.
Junior co-captain Yulia Rivelis has had a good start this season winning both of her matches at number two singles. She is looking to continue the success this weekend.
"I expect everybody to give their all because they always do," Rivelis said. "They are not going to be easy matches. We have been practicing hard all week and it should pay off."