PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Women's tennis picked up two singles victories against nationally-ranked Brown (16-4, 2-0 Ivy) on Saturday to wrap up its northern road trip. The Quakers claimed each of the top-two singles matches as Sol Eskenazi and Stephanie Do each took home victories at No. 1 and No. 2. Penn would also play a very competitive doubles point and have several other back-and-forth matches in the remaining singles.
Despite the fact that Brown won all three of the doubles matches, it was a very competitive point that looked like it could have gone either way for the majority of the doubles play. At No. 3,Emma Whitfield and Dotook four games in their match before falling.
In the top-two doubles positions, the Quakers battled the Bears to a pair of 8-6 matches that could have gone either way. At No. 1, the nationally-ranked doubles team of Jules Rodin and Eskenazi found themselves in another tight match, but came out on the wrong side of the 8-6 decision, splitting their matches together this weekend. Daniela DePaoli and Alex Ion bounced back from a tough doubles match yesterday and nearly pulled out the victory in the second doubles, but fell by another 8-6 margin.
After suffering her first lost of the spring in a match that was completed, Eskenazi rebounded in a big way at No. 1 singles. She would allow just four games total, two in each set, to give Penn its first point of the day. With her 15th win overall this year, Eskenazi moves to 9-2 this spring at No. 1, including a 2-1 mark in the Ivy League.
Do would give Penn its second point of the afternoon with a dramatic win in three sets. Her opponent came out of the gates strong and allowed just one game to Penn's No. 2 in the first set. The No. 2's would play a much tighter second set and found themselves knotted at five-all through the next 10 games. However, Do would take the final two games of the second, winning 7-5. The third set was also a tightly-contested affair, but Do would prevail in the 6-4 decisive set for her 11th win of the year, moving to 6-5 at the second position.
Playing singles for the first time this weekend, Rodin found herself in a tight match at No. 6. She dropped her opening set, 6-3, but rebounded with a 6-4 win in the second set, forcing the decisive third. In that third set, she would capture one game before her opponent closed out the victory in the third.
Ion found herself in a 6-4 first set in her match at No. 3 singles, but came out on the wrong side of that score and could manage just one game in the second. DePaoli dropped her opening set, 6-2, but played a much tighter second set. However, she would fall by another 6-4 set final. Srinidhi Raghavan once again just competed in singles. She took one game in the second set, playing at No. 5 for Penn.
With the road trip complete, Penn will return home and get back on its home courts next weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth.
#53 Brown 5, Penn 2
1: Jessica Harrow/Cassandra Herzberg (B) def. #49 Sol Eskenazi/Jules Rodin (P), 8-6
2: Ariel Caldwell/Misia Krasowski (B) def. Daniela DePaoli/Alex Ion (P), 8-6
3: Carissa Aboubakare/Laura Wiley (B) def. Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield (P) 8-4
1: Sol Eskenazi (P) def. Misia Krasowski (B), 6-2, 6-2
2: Stephanie Do (P) def. Cassandra Herzberg (B), 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
3: Jessica Harrow (B) def. Alex Ion (P), 6-4, 6-1
4: Laura Wiley (B) def. Daniela DePaoli (P), 6-2, 6-4
5: Julie Flanzer (B) def. Srinidhi Raghavan (P), 6-0, 6-1
6: Sarah Kandath (B) def. Jules Rodin (P), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1