PHILADELPHIA -- As announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team is ranked 44th in this week’s ITA poll -- the first computerized team rankings of the season. It is the highest ranking the team has received with Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis David Geatz at the helm and is also the highest ranking in program history – as far back as records show.
On the heels of jumping up eight spots in the ITA rankings, the Quakers head out west on Thursday, to compete with three teams over two days in Boise, Idaho at the Boas Tennis Center. The Red and Blue are set to first take on BYU on Friday at 10 a.m. and will then play doubles only against No. 72 Boise State at 7 p.m. The two teams will meet the next morning to finish, playing the singles flights at 9 a.m. The weekend’s trip will be rounded out with a match with No. 73 Utah at 2 p.m.*
*All times are in MT.
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Last Time On the Court: ECAC
Penn’s win streak ended at six, as the Quakers fell in a heartbreaker to then-No. 68 Brown, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the 2015 ECAC Men’s Indoor Tennis Championships at Harvard’s Murr Tennis Center.
Tied at 3-3, the match came down to the No. 5 flight, where freshman Josh Pompan already had fought off 12 match points against Brown’s Peter Tarwid, to force a third set. Tarwid quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Pompan cut the deficit to three, making it 4-1. However, the late spark from the freshman wasn’t quite enough and Tarwid won the final set and match for the Bears.
Freshman Nicolas Podesta continues his perfect spring season campaign with a 6-0 record. Senior Jeremy Court also has six wins this spring, with a 6-1 record, while junior Blaine Willenborg is 4-1.
No. 72 Boise State (3-7)
The Broncos are coming off of a pair of losses in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic against South Florida (4-0) and Auburn (4-1) in Montgomery, Ala. Boise State was also scheduled to play Alabama, but the match was canceled due to rain.
The Series with Boise State
Overall: Boise State leads 3-0
First Meeting: 2005, Boise State won 6-1
Last Meeting: 2007, Boise State won 6-1
Notables: Penn’s other loss to the Broncos also came in 2007, when the two teams played at the USTA National Team Indoor Championships. Boise State won, 4-1.
No. 73 Utah (7-3)
The Utes have been home for eight straight matches, posting a 6-2 record. Their most recent wins were a sweep over Idaho State (7-0) and a 6-1 win over Weber State. Utah’s two home losses came at the hands of Denver (6-1) and Iowa (4-3).
The Series with Utah
Overall: Penn leads 2-0
First Meeting: 2005, Penn won 4-3
Last Meeting: 2007, Penn won 6-1
Notables: The past two meetings between the two teams have been at neutral locations, and the trend will continue this weekend as they meet in Boise, Idaho.
Brigham Young (7-5)
The Cougars are on a three-match lose streak, after winning five-straight dual matches. The win streak ended for BYU in California, when the No. 39 Cardinal defeated the Cougars, 6-1. Brigham Young would fall to another ranked opponent, No. 64 Denver (4-1), before dropping a tough 4-3 dual to Iowa.
The Series with BYU
Overall: Penn leads 1-0
First Meeting: 1990, Penn won 5-4
Notables: This weekend marks just the second time in program history that the two teams meet. The first meeting was as (neutral location).
Ivies in the Top 75 (previous week’s ranking)
No. 13 Columbia (11)
No. 22 Harvard (25)
No. 23 Princeton (50)
No. 44 Penn (52)
No. 49 Brown (61)
No. 50 Dartmouth (47)
No. 58 Cornell (64)
Penn in the ITA Top 75*
No. 44 – 2/24/2015
No. 52 – 2/17/2015
T-No. 51 – 2/3/2015
No. 75 – 3/6/2012
No. 63 – 4/5/2011
No. 61 – 3/29/2011
No. 60 – 3/22/2011
No. 64 – 3/15/2011
No. 71 – 3/1/2011
No. 68 – 3/2/2010
No. 51 – end of 2006
*Note: Records may not be complete.