PHILADELPHIA – Ready for the spring portion of the schedule, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will open the weekend by hosting No. 71 Buffalo on Saturday, followed by Marquette on Sunday in the Levy Tennis Pavilion. Saturday’s match will begin at 3 p.m., while Sunday’s match will begin at 10 a.m.
Head Coach David Geatz watched his team improve over the course of the fall and has high hopes for this spring. “We have the deepest and most talented team I have had at Penn and I am expecting a good weekend for us,” Geatz said.
The best doubles pairing Geatz put together this fall was a mix of a veteran and rookie, featuring senior captain Nikola Kocovic and freshman Matt Nardella, who posted a 9-3 record. The first time the pair played together was at the Ivy Plus, where they went 4-0 after defeating a duo from Brown in the final. The two posted a second 4-0 record at the Penn Invitational.
At the Princeton/Farnsworth Invitational, Nardella competed in his first collegiate singles final, putting up a 3-1 record, and was the lone Quaker to do so. He finished with a 12-5 mark, as did senior captain Zach Katz.
Junior Jeremy Court and freshman Marshall Sharp also fared well in the fall. Court went 4-0 at the Penn Invitational as well as at the Gopher Invite, ending with a 12-4 overall record. Likewise, Sharp went undefeated at the Penn invitational and ended the fall 9-3.
Buffalo has started its season 2-0 after 4-3 victories over Cornell and Cleveland State. The Quakers lead the series with Buffalo 2-0, after defeating the Bulls last year, 6-1, and in the first meeting 4-3.
Despite the two wins in the series, Geatz knows the Red and Blue will still have to fight for every point for the win. “Buffalo is a nationally ranked team and has already beaten one of the Ivy pre-season favorites,” said Geatz. “It is going to be a very competitive match."
As for the Quakers second opponent of the weekend, this will be the first time in program history these two teams will go head-to-head. The Golden Eagles are 3-2 after wins over Lipscomb, IUPUI, and UIC.