NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis sent five individuals to the USTA/ITA Northeast regional at Yale this weekend to compete in singles and double, and saw good success during the tournament.
Sophomore Kana Daniel found the Quakers most success advancing into the fourth round of the singles main draw. Daniel drew a bye in the first round before defeating Luize Liva Strike from Seton Hall in three sets, 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3. She then pushed her way into the next round by downing Rutgers’ Gina Li, 7-6(5), 7-6(5). In the fourth round Daniel fell in two sets – both in tiebreaks - to Columbia’s Rima Asatrian, 7-6(3), 7-6(3). The defeat put Daniel just short of finishing as a quarterfinalist.
Also in singles play for Penn, freshman Lina Qostal won her first round matchup 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 over Lehigh’s Christina Auyeung. Qostal then fell in straight sets to Assiya Dair from Boston College.
Junior Sonya Latycheva suffered a tough three set defeat Katrine Steffensen from Princeton, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(4).
In doubles play Daniel and Latycheva made it to the second round before falling, defeating a Drexel duo by the score, 8-2. Senior Alexandra Ion teamed up with Qostal in doubles and defeated St. Francis’ Halajian and Radovic, 8-2, before falling to Boston College in the next round.
The USTA/ITA regional completes the fall season for the Penn women’s tennis team. The Quakers will work out and practice over the next few months before competing as a team during the spring portion of their schedule beginning in January.