PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will compete in one of its biggest challenges of the season this weekend here at home on the Hamlin Tennis Courts. No. 35 Harvard and No. 54 Dartmouth will make the trip to Philadelphia to compete on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, for the Quakers first Ivy contests on their home courts. Both matches are set for 1 p.m.
Penn fell to both Yale and No. 62 Brown this past weekend, both matches ending 5-2. The Quakers are currently 0-3 in Ivy League play, so this weekend will give the Quakers a chance to fight back and amend their conference ranking.
Aside from the overall team rankings that Harvard and Dartmouth currently occupy, their singles and doubles teams also hold impressive positions. The Crimson’s Denis Nguyen, who finished the 2014 season ranked at No. 31 and as Harvard’s first All-American since 2005, currently has an individual ranking at No. 37 along with a No. 10 doubles ranking with Brian Yeung.
Dartmouth’s Davydas Sakinis holds an individual ranking of No. 53, while Chris Kipouras is No. 110. Together, the duo are ranked No. 20 for doubles.
The Series with Dartmouth
Overall:Penn leads, 43-40-1
First Meeting:The Quakers won, 5-0, in 1914.
Last Meeting:In 2014, the Quakers fell to Dartmouth by a score of 4-1.
Notables:In the last eleven years, Penn and Dartmouth faced each other 13 times – two being at the ECAC Championships. The Quakers only lost four of the 13.
The Series with Harvard
Overall: Harvard leads 78-12.
First Meeting: The Quakers lost in 1912, 3-2.
Last Meeting: In 2014, the Crimson defeated the Red and Blue, 4-0.
Last Penn Win: In 2007, Penn won at home by a score of 4-3.
Notables: Harvard’s longest win streak against Penn is from 1975-2006 with 36 wins. The Crimson are currently riding a 10-match win streak.
Updated Spring Records
De Alwis/Nardella 2-2
De Alwis/Willenborg 3-0
Jeremy Court 11-5
Vim De Alwis 3-8
Austin Kaplan 0-2
Ismael Lahlou 1-2
Zach Lessen 1-1
Matt Nardella 8-9
Nicolas Podesta 8-2
Josh Pompan 16-3
Marshall Sharp 3-4
Thomas Spratt 2-1
Nicholai Westergaard 0-4
Blaine Willenborg 12-4