PHILADELPHIA – After a successful Spring Trip that saw the Penn men’s tennis team split four matches with California schools, the Quakers return to their home courts on Tuesday with a match against another Cali school, UC-Riverside.
The Quakers are 7-6 overall on the season while the Highlanders enter the match with a 4-12 record. The match is the first of UC-Riverside’s three-match swing through Philadelphia. The Highlanders play Temple and Villanova later this week.
The Quakers have been dominant at home this year, winning all four matches held in Levy Pavilion – the expected site of today’s match. Penn has only given up two of a possible 28 points in its home matches, picking up to shutout wins.
On the flip side, the Highlanders have struggled on the road, losing all six matches held away from Riverside.
Penn has been the beneficiary of solid play up and down the lineup. The six regular starters in singles all have winning records. Senior captain Jonathan Boym is 5-1 playing at No. 2 this year. Regular No. 1, Hicham Laalej, is 7-4. Adam Schwartz has played anywhere from No. 1 to No. 3, with his highest success coming at No. 3, where he is 4-0.
Phil Law has produced at the No. 4 slot, holding a 3-1 record when in that position. Jason Lin and Alex Vasin have split time at No. 5, with both winning three times. Lin and Justen Roth have combined for five wins at No. 6 this season.
At doubles, head coach Nik DeVore has mixed and matches his pairings for most of the season – sometimes due to injury, but mostly to see which pairings click the best heading into the Ivy season. Laalej has been the constant at No. 1, pairing with four different players. The pairing of Law and Roth is 3-0 while Roth and Vasin are 4-1 as a duo with both teams seeing time at Nos. 2-3.
For UC-Riverside, Austin Andres may have found his niche playing at No. 5 singles. He is 4-1 at that spot this season, one of just two Highlander players with winning records in dual matches. The other is Yi Chai, who is 3-0 at No. 6.