PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s tennis team departed to Idaho on Thursday for their spring break trip, during which they will face five tough teams. After having a promising fall season, including winning the ECAC championship in September, the Quakers have struggled with their tough spring schedule. In their season opener, Penn shut down St. Joseph’s, 7-0, after which four consecutive losses followed, to strong, nationally ranked teams such as No.12 Duke, and No. 39 N.C. State. The team then traveled to Chicago for the ITA National Indoors, where they lost three more matches to some of the top teams in the nation, including the eventual tournament champions, No. 1 Georgia.
After a definitive 7-0 win over Drexel on Wednesday, to help improve their record to 2-7, the Quakers are looking to rebound on this spring break trip. It will not be easy, as they continue to face more nationally ranked teams. In their first match of the trip, Penn will get a chance at revenge on Saturday, March 3, as they face-off against No.19 Boise State, a familiar opponent for this Penn squad. The Quakers fell to the Broncos in the last round of National Indoors, 1-4. While in Boise, they will also face off against No. 73 Utah and No. 69 Oregon, before traveling to Tulsa, to take on No. 23 Tulsa and No. 9 Oklahoma State.
The Quakers are going into this trip aware that the start of the Ivy season is only a few weeks away. Penn is determined to bounce back from their losing streak, and start the Ivy season off right. Last year Penn split the Ivy title with Brown, and lost the NCAA bid in a challenge match with the Bears. Their main goal this season is to re-capture the title, and make it to the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Jonathan Boym is prepared to prove to everyone that Penn is just as good as any other team out there.
“Despite our 2-7 record, I still believe we are the team to beat.” Boym said. “We regrouped together as a team after a turbulent start, and we are ready to prove to our competition and, more importantly, to ourselves that we still have what made us so successful last year.”
While the Quakers may not have the best overall record, it is clear that facing off against some of the best teams in the nation will prepare Penn for whatever they’ll have to face in the Ivy League.
By Maria Anismova, C’10