PHILADELPHIA - The
Quakers make one final road trip before heading home for the weekend when they face
Delaware in Wilmington on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Penn is 11-3 overall and coming off its first Ivy League
victory of the season, a 4-3 battle against Brown, while the Blue Hens are 6-4
overall and split their last two contests. In Delaware's last match they fell
4-3 to James Madison in a tight matchup.
The Quakers went 1-1 last weekend in Ivy action to move to 1-2 in league play.
On Friday Penn lost a couple of crucial points and ended up on the wrong side
of a 5-2 decision to Yale. The Red and Blue rebounded the next day by capturing
four of six singles matches en route to a 4-3 win over the Bears. Senior
captain Hicham Laalej won in straight sets, as did freshman Nikola Kocovic at
No. 5 singles. Penn's final two victories came at No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
Freshman Ivan Turudic and junior Phil Law both won in three sets as Law's
victory was the match clincher.
After spending much of the early season in the friendly confines of the Levy
Tennis Pavilion, the Quakers have been on the road for their last six matches.
They are 3-3 in that span with victories over Pacific, St. John's and Brown. Laalej
is 5-1 in those matches while Kocovic is 4-2 with four straight victories.
Facing the Blue Hens
Delaware is 6-5 on the season including a 1-3 mark in league play. The Blue
Hens have had a great deal of success at the top of their lineup with Troy
Beneck and Courtney Scott leading the team. Scott is 11-7 at the No. 1 spot
while Beneck is 1-2 at No. 1 and has a team-best 10-3 record in No. 2.