PHILADELPHIA – With the fall season officially in the books, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team has announced its 2017 spring schedule. The Quakers played one of the toughest schedules in the country last year, taking on 16 opponents who were ranked in the ITA Top-75.
“In addition to the usual tough Ivy slate, we are playing one of the most competitive schedules in recent years,” said Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis, David Geatz. “It should be a great test for our guys.”
The Red and Blue will begin the new year on the road, traveling to Tennessee for matchups against Middle Tennessee (Jan. 21) and Vanderbilt (Jan. 22). The Quakers and Commodores have never met on the tennis court, while the Quakers defeated MTSU last year by a score of 5-2. Penn hasn’t faced an opponent from the SEC since 2007.
Coach Geatz’s squad will return to University City for their home debut on Jan. 28 against Temple and Georgetown. Penn has been dominant through the years against the Hoyas and Owls, totaling a 52-1 all-time record versus the familiar foes.
Penn’s home stretch will continue into February with consecutive matches against Minnesota (Feb. 5), Wisconsin (Feb. 11) and Rice (Feb 12). The Quakers have never faced off with the Badgers, and haven’t met Minnesota since 2001 and Rice since 2003. Coach Geatz spent 18 years, from 1988 to 2006, as head coach of the Golden Gophers.
Following the annual ECAC Tournament, which will take place at Princeton from Feb. 17-20, the Quakers will return to the Hecht Center for three more matches prior to spring break. It will be contests against Old Dominion and Navy on Feb. 26, followed by a match with Denver on Feb. 5.
The Red and Blue's spring break trip will take the Quakers to Louisiana this season, as they take on Louisiana-Lafayette (March 8), New Orleans (March 9) and Tulane (March 10).
The final non-conference match of the season will pit the Red and Blue against intra-state rival, Penn State. The Nittany Lions finished last season ranked No. 36 in the ITA Rankings.
Penn's regular season will conclude with seven-straight Ivy League matches, as the Quakers eye their first conference title since 2007. The Quakers went 3-4 in the league a season ago with wins over Yale, Brown and Princeton. Five of the eight Ivy institutions finished last season in the ITA Top-75, including Columbia (No. 28), who went a perfect 7-0 in conference play.
Penn’s home Ivy matches will be versus Cornell (April 9), Dartmouth (April 22) and Harvard (April 23). The Quakers’ annual tussle with Princeton will cap off the season on April 29.