PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers' match on Saturday against Army at West Point has been postponed due to pending inclement weather.
Penn (3-0) is coming off of a tough, intense 4-3 victory versus city rival Temple on Wednesday. The match lasted for more than four hours, with four of the six singles matches going into three sets. Junior Jason Lin and freshman Nikola Kocovic were the only players to win in straight sets, making quick work of their opponents 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2, 6-0 respectively. Down 1-3, Temple battled back to tie the team score at 3-3. The final deciding point came down to the No. 1 singles spot and senior captain Hicham Laalej came through for the Red and Blue, defeating his opponent 6-7, 7-5, 6-4.
Army is 1-1 in dual competitions so far this spring. In its last outing, Army fell to No. 71 Penn State, 5-2. One of the two victories for the Black Knights came from freshman Asika Isoh at No. 1 singles, who prevailed 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) against the 14th ranked player in the Atlantic Division, Eddie Bourchier. Isoh is the only player for Army to win his two spring dual matches.
The Quakers came away with an easy 6-1 victory the last time Penn and Army met two years ago at the Lott Tennis Courts. During this past fall season, sophomore Mark Milbrandt defeated Tripp Johnson at the USTA NTC Invitational 6-0, 6-4, in the Flight D Consolation West draw. Milbrandt also teamed up there with junior Phil Law to defeat Isoh/Johnson in doubles by a close 9-8 score. Jason Lin and sophomore Jason Magnes also beat their Army opponents Rashad Shelton and Allen Xu, 8-3, en route to their Flight D Doubles title at the same event.