Drexel match for Jan. 31 postponed. Match will be made up at a later date.
PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team will play on back-to-back days for the first time in 2014, this Friday against neighboring Drexel at 2 p.m. and Saturday versus Maryland at 2 p.m., both in the Levy Tennis Pavilion.
Penn (0-1) is coming off its first match of the spring season that saw the Quakers fall to Old Dominion, 4-3. Penn was unable to win a doubles match and competed without two of its starters in singles. The Quakers were able to get singles wins from Sol Eskenazi, Kana Daniel and Jaime Yapp-Shing, competing in the top-three positions. In the sixth-position, Brigitte Desnoes was able to force a third match, before falling, 11-9.
Penn will play Drexel (3-0) for just the ninth time overall, with the Quakers winning the previous eight meetings.
The neighbor schools have played intermittently in the past, beginning in 1973-1975, before resuming the series again in 2000. The Quakers and the Dragons then met up again in 2001 before squaring off in 2010 and 2011. The most recent time the two schools have met was in 2012, with Penn winning the match convincingly, 7-0.
Drexel has opened the season with a win against Rider (7-0) in October, and more recently, wins against Monmouth (7-0) at home, and at Lehigh (5-2).
Penn vs. Drexel
Overall Series: 8-0
Splits: Home (7-0), Away (1-0)
Past Five Meetings:
1/18/2012 Drexel W, 7-0
1/19/2011 Drexel W, 7-0
1/20/2010 Drexel W, 6-1
2/11/2001 Drexel W, 7-0
2/4/2000 Drexel W, 9-0
Penn will be taking on Maryland (2-0) for the 29th time in program history, looking to break a four-match losing skid against the Terrapins.
This Ivy League/ACC non-conference matchup is going into its 12th consecutive year, with Penn having won five of those 12 times. The Quakers lead the overall series 16-12.
Maryland will be on the road for the first time this season after defeating George Washington (6-1) and Richmond (5-0) in College Park.
Penn vs. Maryland
Overall Series: 16-12
Splits: Home (9-4), Away (7-7), Neutral (0-1)
Past Five Meetings:
3/16/2013 at Maryland L, 3-4
2/12/2012 Maryland L, 0-7
2/20/2010 at Maryland L, 0-7
2/22/2009 Maryland L, 2-5
2/23/2008 at Maryland W, 4-3