PHILADELPHIA – Penn heads back to the courts on Wednesday for its final home men’s tennis match before heading out to California for four matches over Spring Break. The Quakers will take on Saint Joseph’s at 4 p.m. in the Levy Tennis Pavilion.
Penn enters the match with a 4-4 record overall and 3-0 on its home courts. At home this season, the Red and Blue have dropped only one of a possible 21 points, defeating Philly rivals Drexel and Temple by matching 7-0 scores before dispatching Navy on Sunday, 6-1.
The Hawks are 3-3 in the spring. Last time out, Saint Joseph’s split a pair of matches with Richmond and Navy, falling to the Midshipmen in Annapolis, 7-0, before coming back home to defeat Richmond, 4-3.
Last season, the two teams met in January at the Levy Pavilion, with Penn coming out on top, 6-1.
The Quakers used a sweep of the doubles matches to gain momentum heading into singles play where the Red and Blue won five of six matches. Jonathan Boym (No. 2) and Adam Schwartz (No. 6), each won in straight sets for Penn over the Hawks last season.
“This is a match we expect to do well in,” head coach Nik DeVore said. “At the same time, we can’t take it lightly.”
Devore expects to continue to tinker with his doubles lineups as the squad prepares for the California trip and the Ivy season.
“We will be looking to compete better in doubles against Saint Joseph’s,” he said. “We continue to struggle to win that point, and we need to experiment with different combinations until we get it right.”