PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers open Ivy Play this weekend when they host Princeton at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Penn went just 1-6 in the Ivies a season ago, but hopes to continue the turnaround which began this spring. The Red and Blue are 10-4 this season with all four losses coming in tight matches.
This year Princeton is 4-10 after winning its previous match against Florida Atlantic, 4-3. The Tigers have played a difficult schedule thus far as their three previous losses have come against teams who were ranked 61st or better in the nation when the two teams met.
Last season Princeton edged Penn 4-3 in the Ivy opener for both teams. The Quakers took the doubles point, winning all three matches; however only Adam Schwartz (No. 3) and Jason Lin (No. 6) earned singles victories.
In the Red and Blue's last match they lost a tough 4-3 match to Binghamton. The doubles point proved to be the difference as Penn captured No. 2 doubles 8-3, but then lost No. 3 8-6 and No. 1 9-8. In singles, Eugen Brazdil beat the region's top player, Sven Vloedgraven in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3. Freshman Jason Magnes (No. 5) and senior Justen Roth (No. 6) also earned singles victories.
The match will be played outdoors at the Lott Tennis Courts provided provided it doesn't rain.