PHILADELPHIA The No. 71 Penn men’s tennis team continues their Ivy League schedule, as they host No. 74 Harvard today and Dartmouth on Saturday. Both matches are slated to start at 2 p.m.
Race for the Title
Penn and Harvard are in a race for first, as they remain the only two undefeated teams in the League. Harvard is 2-0, while the Quakers sit at 3-0. It’s a tough league, as four of the teams are nationally ranked, including No. 69 Brown, No. 71 Penn, No. 73 Princeton, and No. 74 Harvard.
Harvard beat Penn, 5-2, for the Quakers’ only Ivy loss of the year. The Crimson took the doubles point and three singles points, with Penn’s only wins coming in singles from Jason Pinsky and Jonathan Boym. Against Dartmouth, the Quakers took home the 5-2 win. The Big Green won the doubles point, but five singles wins assured Penn the victory.
Last Time Out
Penn is coming off a draining weekend of play. The Quakers traveled to New Haven to take on the Bulldogs on Friday, and the match came down to the No. 6 singles match. Freshman Alex Vasin came up with a big win, 6-3, 6-4, to clinch the match for Penn. It didn’t get any easier for the Red and Blue, as the next day, they traveled to Providence, to take on their Ivy rivals Brown. Last year, the Bears shared the Ivy title with the Quakers, and beat them in a playoff to earn the NCAA bid. This year, Penn beat the Bears, 5-2, in hopes of earning sole possession of the championship.
Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson is 7-7 on the season and 2-0 in Ivy action. Harvard is currently on a three-match winning streak with wins over Boston University, Cornell and No. 72 Columbia. Harvard is returning most of the same team that beat the Quakers last year, graduating only two seniors. Against one similar opponent, Harvard and Penn have suffered the same fate: Harvard also traveled to take on No. 18 Michigan. Penn lost to the Wolverines, 6-1, while Harvard fell, 5-2.
Scouting the Big Green
Despite their 14-3 overall record, Dartmouth has struggled in the Ivy League so far. Last weekend, they split with Cornell and Columbia, beating the Big Red, 4-3, but losing to the Lions, 6-1. Dartmouth has seen two of the same teams as Penn: Army and Utah. While the Quakers swept the Black Knights, 7-0, the Big Green beat them 6-1. Against Utah, Penn won 6-1, while Dartmouth suffered a 6-1 loss.
The Quakers continue Ivy action next weekend, at home against Cornell Friday at 2 p.m., and at Columbia, Sunday at noon.