PHILADELPHIA - Penn will continue its Ivy League play as it hosts Brown on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. followed by Yale on Saturday at 2 p.m. with both games schedule to be played at the Lott tennis courts.
Last Saturday, the team played its Ivy Opener against Princeton. The Quakers lost the doubles point to open the match, however they stormed back to tie the overall match score at 2-2. Moving up to play at the No. 2 singles position for only the fourth time this season, sophomore Phil Law made quick work of his opponent, winning 6-0, 6-4. At the No. 5 singles spot, freshmen Jason Magnes also won quickly and decisively, 6-4, 6-1.
These would be the only two points Penn would get as Princeton went on to win the remaining three singles matches, defeating Penn 5-2. Both Eugen Brazdil and fellow sophomore Jason Lin took their opponents to three sets, before falling 1-6, 7-5, 4-6 and 3-6, 7-6 (3), 1-6 respectively.
Recently the Quakers (10-5) have struggled to capture the all important doubles point. In fact, all five losses on the season have come with the team losing two out of the three doubles matches, with the deciding doubles match coming down to the wire. Penn has only won once after dropping the doubles point, this in its 5-2 win against Delaware on February 27.
In singles play, Brazdil, Law, and Magnes are all 2-1 during Penn's current three-game losing streak, while Adam Schwartz and Lin are 0-3. In the Red and Blue's three losses, four of the six singles matches have all gone to three sets.
Penn's two opponents this weekend, Brown and Yale, have already played each other this season at the ECAC Division I Men's Indoor Tennis Championship. In their matchup, Brown upset Yale 4-3 in a very tight match.
The Brown Bears come into the match with the Quakers on Friday with a 10-9 record overall. This will be their first actual Ivy League dual match of the season. The Bulldogs meanwhile are 11-6 overall and will face off against Penn after playing Princeton on Friday.