PHILADELPHIA - In its last match of a four game home-stand, the Penn men's tennis team will face the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday. The women's tennis team will also host the Bulls on Saturday at the Levy Tennis Pavilion. Their match will begin at 11 a.m., and the men will take to the court following its conclusion, tentatively scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
The men's tennis team is 2-1 on the home-stand and is 3-1 overall this spring. Last time out, the Quakers easily defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 6-1. Senior captain Phil Law won both his singles and doubles matches. Freshmen Jeremy Court also picked up a win in singles for his team best eighth overall. Three others, including Law, have seven wins on the season, fellow senior Jason Lin and sophomore Ivan Turudic.
Like FDU, the matchup on Saturday will be the first time ever that Buffalo and Penn are meeting in dual competition. The Bulls are 1-4 so far this spring, including two losses to fellow Ivy League opponents, Cornell and Brown, 0-7 and 2-5 respectively. In addition, Buffalo will travel to Princeton on Sunday after its match with Penn.
In its last match, Buffalo fell 4-3 to Cleveland State. Down 0-3, the Bulls rallied with wins from their No. 1-3 singles to tie the overall team score at 3-3, but could not complete the comeback. Freshmen Damien David was victorious at No. 1, for his 14th win overall to lead the team. In the fall, David won the Flight A singles title at the Cornell Invitational, as well as the Flight B singles title at the UB Invitational.
Despite never having played a dual competition against each other, a couple Quakers and Bulls have matched up in various fall tournaments the past few seasons. Most recently, Law and David clashed in the Round of 16 at the Princeton Invitational. David defeated Law 6-1, 6-1, en route to the Flight B singles finals, where David eventually lost in three sets.
Following Saturday's match, the Quakers are next in action over spring break, going south to face UMBC in Baltimore before a week-long trip through Florida.