PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's tennis team begins its spring season in just over a week after concluding one of its most successful fall seasons in recent memory in 2010.
The fall season featured number of individual standout performances - highlighted by Phil Law and the freshmen duo of Zach Katz and Ivan Turudic. Law, a junior, made it to the quarterfinals at ITA Northeast Regionals and ended the fall as the ninth ranked player in the region. He finished the fall season with an 8-4 mark overall.
Katz and Turudic won a pair doubles titles together in the fall and also reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Norheast Regional before falling 6-8. The first-year duo concluded their fall season with a 10-1 record and a No. 6 doubles ranking in the Northeast Region.
"It's always nice to see our players perform well in the fall," said Coach DeVore. "It shows that they are building a lot of confidence. However, our players would be the first to tell you it's really all about the spring season andour Ivy League matches. They want to play well when it matters the most and help the team win the big dual matches."
The Quakers have a great deal of momentum going into the spring, after eight different players recorded at least four victories during the fall. Freshman Nikola Kocovic went 8-3 while sophomore Mark Milbrandt and Katz each went 6-2 in singles action. One player not included in the eight is senior captain Hicham Laalej, back in the lineup after missing last season due to injury. Laalej was Penn's No. 1 player and a first-team All-Ivy selection during the 2008-09 season.
"We are really happy to have Hicham back," said DeVore, "we will rely on his leadership, talent and intensity a great deal this season. It was sorely missed last year."
The Quakers open the spring campaign with a home double header against Drexel and Villanova Saturday January 29th at the Levy Tennis Pavilion. The Red and Blue start off with Drexel at 10 a.m. and then face Villanova at 3 p.m.