Trip south brings third straight loss


Women lose to Maryland, VCU to fall below .500




The Penn women’s tennis team was not welcomed with the Southern hospitality they were looking for this weekend.

Instead, Penn got swept by Maryland and experienced a crushing defeat at the hands of No. 29 Virginia Commonwealth. The two losses took the team’s record below .500 for the season.

The Quakers (2-4) traveled to College Park, Md., Saturday looking to avenge last year’s 5-2 loss against the Terrapins.

Instead, the Terps (1-3) took their first win of the season from the Red and Blue, sweeping Penn, 7-0.

Competing in the No. 2 spot, sophomore Emily Wolf was the only member of the Penn team to force a third set against Maryland, taking the second set from Maggie MacKeever 6-2, before falling 6-0 in the tiebreaker.

Penn then headed further south to take on VCU (7-2) in Richmond, Va., yesterday.

Against the Rams, junior Alexa Ely had the sole win for the Red and Blue, taking two out of three sets from Ana Bara at the No. 1 spot.

Ely’s win over the Romanian sophomore marks the second year in a row that Penn’s No. 1 has defeated Bara.

The Rams easily downed the rest of the Quakers’ ladder, with Penn never winning more than two games in a set.

Following both losses, the Quakers are now in a three-game skid.

They will have to wait until next Sunday when they host Bucknell at home to try to return to their winning ways.

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