SAN DIEGO - The first four matches of the California swing resulted in four straight losses by the same, 4-3, margin. On the final day of the trip, the Red and Blue ended the week on a good note with a 7-0 thumping of San Diego.
Penn started the day with a sweep at doubles, winning all three matches by identical 8-6 scores. The teams of Maria Anisimova and Ekaterina Kosminskaya (No. 1), Yulia Rivelis and Charlotte Tansill (No. 2) and Amanda Avedissian and Julia Koulbitskaya (No. 3) each earned victories.
Momentum carried over to the singles matches, where the Quakers took all six matches. Only one match went three sets - Tansill's win over Alexandra Demidova (6-3, 2-6, 10-7). Rivelis, Koulbitskaya andTansillwon straight-set matches and Kosminskaya andLauren Sadaka won their matches when their opponents retired mid-match.
Penn is now 4-5 in 2008, with all five losses coming to teams ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Quakers head to Williamsburg, Va. for a pair of matches next weekend. On 3/22, Penn takes on Marshall at William & Mary. On 3/23, the Red and Blue meet the host Tribe.
1. Anisimova-Kosminskaya (P) df. Lindstrand-Demidova; 8-6
2. Rivelis-Tansill (P) df. Perl-Teeling; 8-6
3. Avedissian-Koulbitskaya (P) df. Kevey-Mouly; 8-6
Penn wins doubles point
1. Ekaterina Kosminskaya (P) df. Samantha Mouly; 6-3, retired
2. Yulia Rivelis (P) df. Helene Lindstrand; 6-3, 6-4
3. Julia Koulbitskaya (P) df. Monica Wiesener; 6-3, 6-2
4. Charlotte Tansill (P) df. Milou Teeling; 6-3, 6-0
5. Michelle Mitchell (P) df. Alexandra Demidova; 6-3, 2-6, 10-7
6.Lauren Sadaka (P) df. Tammy Kevey; 1-6, 6-2, retired