PHILADELPHIA - The men's tennis team continues its spring campaign this Friday, hosting George Washington at the Levy Tennis Pavilion at 4 p.m.
Penn's last scheduled match at Army last Saturday was postponed due to inclement weather. The Quakers (3-0) were last in action versus city rival Temple on February 2nd. The match was an intense, hard-fought 4-3 victory that lasted for more than four hours and came down to the No. 1 singles spot. Senior captain Hicham Laalej, who missed all of last season with a foot injury, clinched the win for the Red and Blue by defeating his opponent 6-7, 7-5, 6-4.
George Washington is 1-2 so far this spring. The Colonials claimed their first win last weekend, overcoming East Carolina, 4-3. Friday's match against the Quakers will be the first of three straight days of matches for George Washington. After visiting Penn, The Colonials will travel across the city to take on Temple on Saturday, and then will face Columbia in New York on Sunday.
Last year, Penn beat George Washington at home 5-2. A couple of the potential match-ups this Friday could be rematches of the matches from a year ago as both lineups are still pretty much intact. Junior Eugen Brazdil played at No. 1 and defeated Ugar Atalay, who remains George Washington's No. 1 singles player again this season, in a close three sets battle 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. The Quakers also got a win from fellow junior Phil Law at No. 3 singles, who beat Yan Levinski, 7-6, 6-3. However, this past fall at the Georgetown Classic, Levinski was able to gain a 6-2, 6-1 victory off of Law in the finals of the event, ending Law's grueling run to the finals. George Washington's current No. 1 doubles duo of Atalay and Erik Hannah also played together last year in the same position, but they lost to the team of Brazdil and Law 8-6.