PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will host the 2016 ECAC Division I Men’s Tennis Tournament this weekend at the Hecht Tennis Center (Feb. 12-14). The seventh-seeded Quakers will open up against No. 2 Dartmouth on Friday at 2 p.m.
Seven of the eight teams that will make their way to Philadelphia this weekend are familiar foes for Penn, as they are all Ivy League squads. Three of those teams are ranked in the latest ITA College Rankings, with Harvard coming in at No. 32, Dartmouth at No. 34, and Princeton at No. 45.
St. John’s is the only non-Ancient Eight team in the field, filling in for missing Columbia. Harvard (6-3) comes in as the top seed, and will take on eighth-seeded Yale (4-2) at 11 a.m. on Friday. No. 3 Princeton (5-2) and No. 6 Brown (4-1) will follow the Quakers at 5 p.m., and will represent the Red and Blue’s next opponent. Fourth-seeded Cornell (1-5) and No. 5 St. John’s (8-1) will kick off the three-day event at 8 a.m. on Friday. A full bracket and schedule can be found here.
At last season’s ECAC Championship, the Quakers had a six-match win streak snapped in a 4-3 loss to Brown. Penn did not play in the secondary bracket due to impending bad weather.
All seven Ivy teams will face each other again later this season, as conference play for the Quakers begins on April 2 (Yale).
Last Time Out
The Red and Blue dropped a pair of matches during a trip to Virginia last weekend. Old Dominion defeated the Quakers by a score of 6-1, while William & Mary notched a 5-2 triumph over Penn. Josh Pompan (No. 2) was the only member of the Quakers’ lineup to win singles matches against both opponents. He earned a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Old Dominion’s Michael Weindl, followed by a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over the Tribe’s Alec Miller.
Austin Kaplan and Nicholai Westergaard posted Penn’s lone doubles’ victory (No. 1) – a 6-3 win over William & Mary. Freshman Kyle Mautner dropped a pair of three-setters on top of the singles’ lineup.
The Quakers will stay home for the next two weekends, welcoming New Mexico on February 20th and Penn State on the 28th.
Download: ECAC Bracket.pdf