PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's tennis team is nearing the end of a six-match home stand but looks to continue its strong play as they prep for a Spring Break trip to Florida next week, closing out February with a Wednesday afternoon match against Navy at 3 p.m., before hosting UMBC to open the month of March on Saturday at 11 a.m. Both matches will take place in the Levy Tennis Pavilion.
On the heels of consecutive sweeps of Temple and Stony Brook, plus a come-from-behind victory over Georgetown that required three straight points at the end to ensure victory, Penn has won 17 consecutive points in its last three matches. Jeremy Court has been a big part of that stretch with three singles victories, plus a pair in doubles. Vim De Alwis has also been played a big role in this stretch; it was his three-set win over Georgetown's Shane Korber that gave the Quakers the 4-3 win over the Hoyas.
After a 0-2 start to the spring, Ismael Lahlou has gotten into a rhythm and won three consecutive matches in straight sets. Blaine Willenborg (4-0 in his last four matches) and Zach Katz (two straight singles wins and four straight in doubles) also come in on a tear.
Following this week, Penn will embark on its Spring Break trip to Florida. The Quakers have matches scheduled against Florida Atlantic (March 4), Barry (March 6) and South Florida (March 7). A match is tentatively scheduled with Miami (FL) on March 6 as well.
The Series with Navy
Overall: Penn leads the series, 50-35-1
First Meeting: One of the longest rivalries in program history, Penn and Navy first met in 1922, a 3-3 tie
Last Meeting: Penn opened last year's spring season with a 4-3 win at Navy
Current Streak: The Quakers have won 14 straight over the Midshipmen, dating back to the 2000 season
Last Navy Win: Navy won, 7-0, in 1999
Notables: The teams have met at least once per season dating back to 1967 ... The Court/Katz doubles team won at No. 2 last season, 8-2 ... Court and Nikola Kocovic are the only winners from last year's meeting with Navy to return this season ... Jason Magnes fell in three sets at No. 6 last season, but with four points, Penn had already clinched victory.
The Series with UMBC
Overall: Penn leads, 5-0
First Meeting: The Quakers won, 6-1, in 2004
Last Meeting: Playing at UMBC for the first time, Penn posted a 7-0 win last season
Notables: Penn was perfect a year ago, winning all three doubles and six singles matches ... Court and Katz again teamed up for a doubles win, this time at No. 3, 8-4 ... Kocovic and Mark Milbrandt each had doubles wins on the day as well ... The Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles matches all went three sets last season, with two of them decided by a third-set tiebreaker.