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William & Mary women’s tennis head coach Tyler Thompson announced the addition of former Penn standout Sol Eskenazi to the Tribe coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Eskenazi was a four-time All-Ivy League First Team selection in singles and played her entire career at the top position in both singles and doubles before graduating from Penn in 2015.
“We are very fortunate that Sol is in Williamsburg and will be a part of our program,” Thomson said. “Her background and personality are both fantastic, and we’re excited to start the new season with her.”
At Penn, Eskenazi amassed career records of 76-29 (.724) in singles and 74-25 (.747) in doubles. She was 46-16 (.742) at No. 1 singles and 45-13 (.776) at No. 1 doubles during her four seasons. Along with First Team All-Ivy League honors in singles, Eskenazi was a four-time All-Ivy League doubles pick, including a trio of first team laurels. As a freshman in 2012, she was named the ITA Northeast Region and Ivy League Rookie of the Year. She was a recipient of the University’s Association of Alumnae Fathers’ Trophy, given every year to a senior-athlete for her contributions to Women’s Athletics at Penn.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Eskenazi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Penn with degrees in both International Relations and French Studies. She spent last year with Princeton in African as a fellow with African School of Economics. Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.
Eskenazi is currently a junior program manager with AidData in Williamsburg. A 30-person “think-and-do tank,” AidData is leading a global movement to fundamentally change the way that development assistance is targeted, measured, and evaluated.
The Tribe returns six players that accounted for 71 percent (60-of-85) of its dual-match singles victories and 66.7 percent (42-of-62) of its dual-match doubles victories last season. Tribe returners compiled a 76-47 (.618) singles mark, including a 60-31 dual-match mark (.659) and recorded 53 doubles wins. The Green and Gold also welcomes a three-member freshman class that ranked among the top 25 in the country and No. 3 for mid-major schools according to the Tennis Recruiting Network along with a top-100 transfer in Ekaterina Stepanova from Wisconsin. The Tribe opens the 2016 fall season with the 24th annual Tribe Invitational, Sept. 16-18, at the Millie West Tennis Facility and the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center in Williamsburg.