PHILADELPHIA – Less than a week after dispatching one Philadelphia rival at home with a 7-0 victory over Drexel, Penn’s men’s tennis team is back in action at the Levy Tennis Pavilion with a dual match against Temple on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The win over the Dragons has resulted in a 1-0 start for the Quakers in dual competition this season. Temple has taken part in a few more duals than the Red and Blue, but enters with a 1-4 record. Last time out, the Owls dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 64 William & Mary in Virginia.
“We are really excited for this match with Temple,” head coach Nik DeVore said. “They are a dangerous team and we will need to step up our level of play from last weekend. We competed pretty well against Drexel, but there is always room for improvement.”
DeVore is not worried about his team’s level of preparation.
“We had a good week of practice, so we should be ready for the challenge,” he said. “We hope to come out with much better energy in doubles, which will set the tone for the rest of the match.”
Prior to the season, DeVore hinted that his lineup may be tinkered with early in the season in hopes of finding the perfect fit heading into Ivy play, but expect the #1 doubles team of Hicham Laalej and Phil Law to remain intact. The two are 6-3 as a pair this season and are in the Top 10 in the Northeast Region. They defeated Drexel’s top team, 8-5, on Saturday to start their spring season on the right note.
Look for the duo to be a key factor in garnering momentum for the Quakers as they look to improve to 2-0 on the season – and against Philly opponents.