PHILADELPHIA – A fall home tournament and 10 matches at the Levy Tennis Pavilion and Hamlin Tennis Center in the spring highlight the Penn women’s tennis 2012-13 schedule. The Quakers look to build on last year’s success of winning seven matches, including their first win against a nationally-ranked opponent since 2008.
The fall season gets started with three tournaments in September and October. The Quakers begin play at the Columbia Invitational (Sept. 14-16) before hosting the annual Cissie Leary Invitational (Sept. 21-23). The fall season wraps up at the William & Mary Invitational (Oct. 5-7) and the ITA Regionals at Army Oct. 19-23.
Penn begins the spring with a home doubleheader against Lehigh, who the Quakers defeated 7-0 last year, and Saint Joseph’s on Jan. 19. After an almost month-long break, Penn returns to Levy for weekend matches against Rutgers (Feb. 9) and Richmond (Feb. 10). The Quakers were 4-3 winners against the Spiders last season at Levy. The homestand ends for the Red and Blue with a match against Stony Brook on Feb. 15.
The Quakers end February on the road in Virginia, playing at William & Mary (Feb. 23) and Old Dominion (Feb. 24). The southern swing continues as Penn heads to Florida over spring break for four matches. The Quakers will play James Madison (March 3) and Stetson (March 4) at Stetson before heading to Florida International (March 7) and Florida Gulf Coast (March 9).
Penn has two more matches, at Maryland and home versus Big 5 Rival Temple, before Ivy play begins. Five nationally ranked teams from last season highlight the Ivy schedule, which begins March 30 with a home match against Princeton. Brown (April 5) and Yale (April 6) come to town the next weekend before Penn heads on the road for matches at Dartmouth and Harvard, on April 13 and 14 respectively. Penn defeated #72 Harvard 4-3 last season at the Hamlin Tennis Center.
The home finale will be versus Columbia on Friday April 19 before the season wraps up on the road at Cornell on Sunday April 21.