PHILADELPHIA - The unbeaten Quakers play their final match before spring break on Saturday, when they do battle with an improved UMBC squad. Doubles is slated to begin at 1 p.m.
The Red and Blue are 7-0 this season with 7-0 victories in each of their last three matches. In addition to winning every singles match, Penn has also captured all three doubles matches in each of its last three. Against Navy on Wednesday, it took over three and a half hours, but the Quakers churned out the sweep, as four of the six singles matches went to a third set.
Senior Hicham Laalej improved to 5-0 with his straight-set victory at No. 1, and has only dropped one set all season. Laalej has also gone 3-0 with sophomore Mark Milbrandt in No. 1 doubles. Freshman Ivan Turudic and junior Phil Law are both unbeaten in singles matches this spring, playing at No.2 and No. 3 respectively. Both needed three sets on Wednesday, winning the first and dropping the second before taking the third set decisively. Turudic won his 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 while Law was victorious, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.
UMBC is 5-2 on the season, having won three of its past four matches. The Retrievers' lone loss in February was a 7-0 defeat at the hands of 75th ranked VCU. In the match, UMBC lost all three doubles matches and lost five of six singles matches in straight sets. Despite the straight-set losses, the Retrievers pushed their opponents to multiple tiebreakers in those losses.
The two teams have one common opponent thus far this year, Villanova. The Quakers beat the Wildcats handily, 7-0, while UMBC earned a 6-1 victory.