PHILADELPHIA – Tied for second in the Ivy League with Princeton (2-1) behind undefeated Columbia (3-0), the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team faces one of its biggest challenges of the season this weekend, and on the road. The Quakers travel north to take on No. 40 Dartmouth and No. 31 Harvard on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches are set for 1 p.m.
Penn went one-for-one this past weekend. The Quakers captured their second Ivy in of the season when they defeated Brown in windy conditions at the Hamlin Tennis Courts, 4-2. However, the Red and Blue were unable to continue the win streak the next day and fell to Yale, 4-2.
This weekend, the Quakers will face its most challenging back-to-back matches so far in the Ivy season. Aside from the overall team rankings that both Harvard and Dartmouth currently occupy, Crimson Denis Nguyen has an individual ranking at No. 39. Along with the singles rank, Nguyen is ranked No. 15 in doubles with Casey MacMaster. Harvard’s Brian Yeung and Nicky Hu also hold a doubles rank at No. 78.
Dartmouth also has a pair, Cameron Ghorbani and Brendan Tannebaum, ranked in doubles at No. 26.
The Series with Dartmouth
Overall: Penn leads, 43-39-1
First Meeting: The Quakers won, 5-0, in 1914.
Last Meeting: In 2013, the Quakers won at home by a score of 4-3.
Notables: In the last ten years, Penn and Dartmouth faced each other 12 times – two being at the ECAC Championships. The Quakers only lost three of the 12.
The Series with Harvard
Overall: Harvard leads 12-76.
First Meeting: The Quakers lost in 1912, 3-2.
Last Meeting: Earlier this spring at the ECAC Indoor Championships. The Crimson defeated the Red and Blue, 4-1.
Last Penn Win: In 2007, Penn won at home by a score of 4-3.
Notables: Harvard’s longest win streak against Penn is from 1975-2007 with 36 wins. The Crimson are currently riding a nine-match win streak.