PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off a dominant 6-1 win over New Mexico over the weekend, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team is slotted No. 59 in the nation according to the latest ITA Rankings. In addition, the doubles duo of Austin Kaplan and Nicholai Westergaard were ranked as the 25th-best doubles team in the country.
The Quakers are coming off one of their best performances against the Lobos, notching their fourth win of the season. Penn is 4-2 at home this year -- with additional wins over Navy, No. 50 Middle Tennessee State, and No. 38 Dartmouth. Kaplan and Westergaard have been especially impressive, going 7-2 at the No. 1 doubles slot. Most recently, the pair posted a 7-6 (8) triumph over New Mexico’s 16th-ranked duo of Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen.
Other notable performances this season have come from freshman Kyle Mautner and senior captain Vim De Alwis. Mautner is 6-4 in the top singles position, including a triumph over the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Dovydas Sakinis (Dartmouth). De Alwis is currently on a four-match winning streak at No. 2, with wins over ranked Ivy foes Dartmouth, Princeton, and Harvard.
The Quakers will look to keep the momentum rolling on Sunday, as they welcome Penn State to the Hecht Tennis Center at noon.