This past weekend, Penn women’s tennis earned two dominant victories over Ivy League foes Dartmouth and No. 72 Harvard, 4-0 and 4-1, respectively. A major driving force behind those two victories was senior Yulia Bryzgalova.
On Saturday, against the Big Green at the Hamlin Tennis Center, Bryzgalova competed at No. 1 singles against junior Chidimma Okpara. The match was not particularly close, as Bryzgalova easily beat her opponent 6-2, 6-0. She also competed in doubles with her partner, graduate student Marija Curnic, and were leading their Dartmouth counterparts freshman Elizabeth Fahrmeier and sophomore Katie Weber 4-3 before the match concluded with a Penn victory.
On Sunday, Penn carried its momentum forward with a decisive victory over the ranked Crimson. Bryzgalova was particularly effective, as she went 2-0 in her singles and doubles matches. At No. 1 singles, she defeated Harvard junior Sophia Ho 6-3, 6-2. At No. 1 doubles, she and Curnic defeated Harvard freshmen Maxi Duncan and Holly Fisher 6-4, ending the match and giving the Quakers their fourth straight Ivy League victory.
The two wins bought Penn to 14-8 on the season, with a 4-1 Ivy League record. The team is currently first in the conference, tied with Princeton in conference record, but having the edge based on its overall record. With her three wins this past weekend, Bryzgalova brought her singles record to 14-5 and her doubles record with Curnic to 14-3, all played at the No. 1 position.
The Quakers will travel to New York on Friday to face Columbia, before returning back to Philadelphia for their regular season finale against Cornell on Sunday at 1 p.m.