PHILADELPHIA – It won’t be quite as busy as last weekend’s three matches in three days, but the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will be back at home on Saturday to take on New Mexico at 7 p.m.
The Quakers will look to rebound after dropping a pair of matches – both to ranked opponents – in the ECAC Tournament last weekend. After defeating No. 34 Dartmouth (4-3) to kick things off last Friday, Penn was dropped by No. 45 Princeton (4-3) and No. 32 Harvard (5-2).
Against the Big Green, the Quakers tallied wins at the top-four singles slots. Freshman Kyle Mautner served as the hero, defeating the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Dovydas Sakinis, to clinch the Penn victory. After dropping the first set by a score of 6-3, Mautner rallied for a 6-4, 6-4 triumph.
Vim De Alwis (No. 2), Josh Pompan (No. 3) and Matt Nardella (No. 4) each preceded Mautner with straight-set wins. De Alwis followed with victories against Princeton and Harvard, sitting as the only Quaker to go undefeated in the tournament.
Austin Kaplan and Nicholai Westergaard went 2-0 in doubles action -- posting wins over Dartmouth and Harvard -- and going unfinished against Princeton. The Red and Blue dropped the doubles point in all three matches.
About New Mexico
The Lobos sit at 2-8 this season, with wins over Pacific and UC-Irvine. New Mexico served as one of just two non-conference losses for the Quakers last season. The Lobos put together a 4-0 win over the Quakers in Las Cruces.
Penn Head Coach David Geatz holds three degrees from New Mexico, and served as the head coach of the Lobos from 1983-88.