PHILADELPHIA – As the school year begins to wind down, so does college athletics, and the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will see its 2014 spring season come to a close this weekend. The Red and Blue kick off the closing-season weekend with Senior Day on Friday at the Hamlin Tennis Courts against No. 19 Columbia at 2 p.m. The Quakers will then travel up to Binghamton N.Y. where they will face the Bearcats in the final nonconference match up of the spring on Saturday at 2 p.m. Penn will then end the season at No. 52 Cornell on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Lions (18-1, 5-0 Ivy) are currently undefeated in the Ivy League and have only one loss in the regular season – Columbia fell to then ranked No. 3 Georgia in January, 4-2. Columbia has only given up one point in conference play this season – Brown’s Ivan Kravtchenko defeated Lion Bert Vancura in two sets (6-3, 6-4).
The Series with Columbia
Overall: Columbia leads the series, 47-46-1.
First Meeting: The Quakers and Lions tied in 1912, 3-3.
Last Meeting: Last year in New York, Penn fell to the Lions, 4-3.
Last Penn Win: In 2006 at the ECAC Championships, the Quakers won 4-0.
Notables: Columbia has won the last eight matchups, including two wins in 2007. The Lions were the only team the Quakers fell to in the regular Ivy season (April 22 when the Red and Blue fell, 4-2). The two teams met for the Ivy League Playoff on April 29 and the Lions took a second victory over the Quakers, 4-1.
The Bearcats (12-10) are coming off of a home 5-2 victory over UMBC for their 12 straight against an American East rival. The two programs are likely to meet again in the American East finals, as they have met in each of the last four years with BU winning all four titles. Penn is the last regular-season contest for Binghamton.
The Series with Binghamton
Overall: Penn leads the series, 2-1.
First Meeting: The Quakers defeated the Bearcats in 2005, 6-1, at the ECAC Championships.
Last Meeting: Last year, when Penn won at home, 6-1.
Notables: The Quakers and Bearcats have only met three times. Both Penn wins have been by a score of 6-1. In 2010, Binghamton defeated the Red and Blue, 4-3.
The Big Red (12-7, 2-3 Ivy) is in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Ivy League with the Quakers and the Tigers but still hope for an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. This past weekend, Cornell won a pair of 4-3 victories over Yale and Brown.
The Series with Cornell
Overall: Penn leads the series, 43-34-1.
First Meeting: The Quakers fell to the Big Red in 1912, 5-1.
Last Meeting: Last year when Penn lost to Cornell at home, 5-2.
Last Penn Win: In 2009 at the ECAC Championships, the Quakers won 4-3.
Notables: Cornell currently holds five-straight wins over Penn. Four of which were 5-2 wins. (In 2009, the Quakers defeated the Big Red, 4-3, at the ECAC Championships, but lost to them later in the season, 4-3.)