PHILADELPHIA – With the win over Princeton in the records, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team hopes to keep the momentum rolling and collect two more Ivy wins this weekend when the Quakers host Brown on Saturday and Yale on Sunday. The matches will be held at the Hamlin Tennis Courts – weather permitting – and begin at 1 p.m. each day.
Last year against Brown on the road, the Red and Blue lost all three doubles matches and fell short in the singles, dropping the match 5-2. However, Penn saw Brown earlier this spring at the ECAC Indoor Championship and were victorious, 4-3. The Quakers won their first doubles point of the season when senior Nikola Kocovic and freshman Matt Nardella defeated their opponents at the No. 1 spot which was followed by a second win in the No. 2 spot from another senior freshman duo, Zach Katz and Marshall Sharp.
The Bears battled back and tied the score at three – the Red and Blue saw wins at No. 6 from Katz and at No. 2 from sophomore Vim De Alwis – then it all came down to the matchup at No. 4. Nardella, taking on Bear Sam Fife, prevailed with the third set victory, giving Penn its first win of the season.
The Quakers were also on the road last year at Yale and suffered a second loss to the No. 54 ranked Bulldogs, 7-0.
The Series with Brown
Overall: Penn leads, 39-20
First Meeting: The Quakers lost at Brown, 6-3, in 1958
Last Meeting: In 2014, the Quakers won at the ECAC Championships by a score of 4-3
Notables: Penn has won four of the past five match-ups against the Bears by a margin of 4-3, with the most recent being earlier this season at the ECAC Championships.
The Series with Yale
Overall: Yale leads 65-25
First Meeting: The Quakers lost in 1912, 9-0
Last Meeting: In 2013, the Quakers lost away by a score of 7-0.
Last Penn Win: Penn’s last win over Yale came at home in 2008, winning 6-1.
Notables: Yale has taken the last five meetings, winning three of the matches by a score of 5-2.