Men's Tennis Readies for Weekend Trip Through Virginia
PHILADELPHIA - After going 3-2 over spring break, the Quakers remain on the road for two games in Virginia this weekend. Penn (7-3) will first face Old Dominion University on Saturday before taking on William & Mary on Sunday. Both games have early start times, 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Freshman Jeremy Court was the only Quaker to play singles in all five matches over spring break, going 4-1 on the trip. He picked up his 13th win overall in Penn's 5-2 victory over Florida Gulf Coast, and leads the team with a 13-5 record in singles this season. Two other players are also in double digits in wins; senior Jason Lin and sophomore Zach Katz both have identical 10-5 records overall. Katz is undefeated so far in dual matches, going an impressive 6-0 this spring playing mainly in the No. 4-6 singles slots.
In addition, Katz and his doubles partner Court are 5-0 together at No. 3 doubles, and are 6-2 overall as a doubles pairing this spring, which leads the team in wins. Both Katz and Court have accumulated a 10-6 record individually in doubles competition, including in the fall. Junior Rob Wong also has 10 wins overall in doubles. The Quakers have only lost the doubles point three times this year, and have captured the doubles point in three straight matches.
2002 was the last time Penn has played ODU and William & Mary back-to-back in Virginia, the Red and Blue losing to both schools by a 6-1 score.
Series with Old Dominion University:
Overall series: ODU leads 3-1
First meeting: Feb. 24, 2002, ODU won 6-1 at Old Dominion
Last meeting: Feb. 3, 2008, Penn nearly upset No. 45 nationally ranked ODU but fell 4-3 at Old Dominion
Last Penn win: Penn's only win was on March 18, 2006 where the Quakers won 5-2 at home.
ODU has a 6-8 record overall this spring coming into the match with Penn. The Monarchs last played on March 4, where they won a close 4-3 battle against Navy. Sophomore Wesley Barrett won a thrilling three-set match at No. 3 singles to clinch the victory for the Monarchs, defeating his opponent 7-6, 3-6, 7-5. Barrett currently leads the team with a 9-6 record in singles. ODU has already faced one Ivy school this year, losing to Yale 2-5.
Series with William & Mary:
Overall series: William & Mary leads 6-1
First meeting: 1945, William & Mary won 6-3
Last meeting: Feb. 23, 2002, Penn lost 1-6 at William & Mary
Last Penn win: Penn's only win was on April 14, 1960, winning 7-2 at William & Mary
W&M enters the matchup against Penn with an 8-10 record on the year, with seven of its 10 losses coming against teams ranked in the top 50 nationally. The Tribe last played on March 6, where the Green and Gold dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to then No. 47 ranked San Diego State. In the match, sophomore Ben Hoogland and graduate student Robert Pietrucha were the only two players to win their singles matches for the Tribe. It was both of their fourth win in a row and their ninth dual match victory this season. In addition, Hoogland leads the team with a 19-15 record in singles overall. W&M has already faced Dartmouth and Yale this season, losing to both, 0-4 and 2-5 respectively.