PHILADELPHIA - Women’s Tennis opened its spring schedule with a commanding win over cross-town rival Drexel. The Quakers started off the competition by picking up the doubles point with a sweep of all three matches. In singles action, the Quakers then completed the match sweep with six more individual wins to take the match by a final of 7-0.
With a lineup that saw four freshman in action, the Quakers showed no ill-effects of inexperience. Freshman Connie Hsu, Jaime Yapp-Shing, Stephanie Do, and Lauren Bridges all picked up wins in singles and doubles in the Quaker Victory. In doubles competition, Hsu and Yapp-Shing teamed up to take down Drexel’s number one duo, 8-5. In number two doubles Do paired up with junior Emily Wolf and picked up an 8-4 win. In the third and final set of doubles, Bridges and sophomore Emma Whitfield controlled the entire match before completing the doubles sweep with an 8-1 victory.
In singles play, the Quakers received three victories due to Drexel players retiring. No. 14 Hsu was up 5-0 before her opponent ultimately retired in the number one singles position. Yapp-Shing, No. 2 singles, and Emma Whitfield, No. 6 singles, also saw their counterparts default out after they were leading 5-2 and 3-0 respectively.
In the completed matches, junior Daniela DePaoli and Bridges picked up straight-set victories. DePaoli, playing the number four singles, cruised her way to victory (6-2, 6-2), while Bridges also made quick work of her opponent (6-1, 6-0)
The toughest match of the night for the Quakers came in the number three position where Stephanie Do went to a tie-break after winning the first set 6-3, but dropping the second 2-6. In the tie-break, Do trailed early, but was able to regain control of the match and take the tie-breaker 10-8.
After passing their first test of the 2011 season, the Quakers will travel to Richmond, Virginia over the weekend to take part in the VCU Invitational. The Quakers will start off the tournament with the host, Virginia Commonwealth, Saturday at 10 a.m. In the afternoon, the Quakers will take on Norfolk State at 2 p.m. To cap off the weekend trip, Penn will take on UNC Wilmington on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Penn 7 Drexel 0
No. 1: Jaime Yapp-Shing/Connie Hsu (P) def. Zeynep Mafa/Sonia Stosic (D), 8-5
No. 2: Stephanie Do/Daniela DePaoli (P) def. Emma Brook/Elise Leizerovic (D), 8-4
No. 3: Emma Whitfield/Lauren Bridges (P) def. Godze Unkaya/Alex Bell (D), 8-1
* Penn awarded the doubles point with 3-0 win.
No. 1: No. 14 Connie Hsu (P) def. Godze Unkaya (D), (5-0, ret.)
No. 2: Jaime Yapp-Shing (P) def. Sonia Stosic (D), (5-2, ret.)
No. 3: Stephanie Do (P) def. Emma Brook (D), (6-3, 2-6, 10-8)
No. 4: Daniela DePaoli (P) def. Zeynep Mafa (D), (6-2, 6-2)
No. 5: Lauren Bridges (P) def. Elise Leizerovic (D), (6-1, 6-0)
No. 6: Emma Whitfield (P) def. Alex Bell (D), (3-0, ret.)