PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's tennis team hosts its final home match this Friday, taking on the visiting Columbia Lions. Weather permitting, the match will be played at the Lott tennis courts and doubles action begins at 2 p.m.
The Quakers last match of the season will be on Sunday, when they travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to face off against Cornell. That game will begin at noon.
Entering the weekend, the Quakers hold an 11-8 record and look to finish the season on a strong note. The Red and Blue, opened the season winning eight consecutive matches, however have only three wins in their last 11, including one win against Ancient Eight opponents. The team is coming off a disappointing weekend, falling first to Dartmouth 5-2 then to Harvard 7-0. The Quakers had multiple chances to obtain victories in singles, and possibly even change the outcomes of the two matches
Sophomore Phil Law lost two close heartbreakers in both of his singles matches while fellow classmate Eugen Brazdil also came up short in both his matches. The only two points for Penn on that day came from Adam Schwartz at No. 3 singles and sophomore Jason Lin at No. 4. Schwartz won 6-3, 6-4 and Lin won 6-4, 6-4.
On Saturday against Harvard, Law couldn't capitalize on his four consecutive match points opportunities in a third set super-tiebreaker, and ended up on the short end of a 1-6, 6-4, 11-13 loss. Three other singles matches saw similar fates for the Quakers, with Schwartz, Lin, and Justen Roth also taking their opponents to a third set, but ultimately failing to win.
Both opponents for Penn this weekend are nationally ranked in the latest rankings; Columbia at No. 46 and Cornell at No. 70. Columbia comes into the weekend with a 14-4 record overall and sits atop the Ivy League standings tied with Princeton with a 4-1 record in conference play. The Lions' sole loss came in a 4-3 battle against the Yale Bulldogs last weekend. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the Lions. Columbia will face Princeton on Sunday for what could be the deciding Ivy League Championship match.
Cornell holds a 16-7 overall record and 3-2 in the Ivies. The Big Red will host Penn at home on Sunday after traveling to take on Princeton on Friday. In the home season finale last year, Cornell came out triumphant with a 4-3 victory over the Quakers. Both Cornell and Penn could play huge deciding roles in whether Columbia or Princeton will end up as the 2010 Ivy League Champions.