PHILADELPHIA - The men's tennis team is back in action Wednesday after a week and a half break. Penn will take on visiting Georgetown in the Levy Tennis Pavilion at 2 p.m. Then, after a short turnaround, the Quakers will host Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Penn (1-1) last played on February 4, losing 5-2 to George Washington. After dropping the doubles point, the Quakers quickly found themselves down 3-0. With victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles from seniors Jason Lin and Eugen Brazdil, the Red and Blue were back in the match. However, the Quakers could not win their remaining two singles matches to complete the comeback and eventually fell 5-2.
The Series with Georgetown:
Overall series: Penn leads 27-1
First meeting: 1913, Penn won 5-1
Last meeting: Feb. 24, 2010, Penn won 7-0
Current streak: Penn has won 21 straight matchups, dating back to 1955.
Series notable: Georgetown's only win was on May 14, 1954 when they defeated Penn 5-4 in Georgetown.
The Hoyas come into the match Wednesday with a 4-1 record so far this spring. Their only lost was to 40th ranked VCU as part of the VCU 4x1 Invitational. Freshman Shane Korber was the only member of the team to pick up a win in the loss, being victorious at the No. 1 spot. Georgetown's No. 1 doubles pairing of senior Andrew Bruhn and junior Charlie Caris also competed for the Hoyas against VCU. The duo is 7-2 together overall, including capturing the No. 1 Doubles Flight title at the Navy Invitational in the fall.
Bruhn and Caris are the only two members of the team who played in the match against Penn two years ago. In that match, the Quakers swept all three doubles and six singles matches. Current junior Jason Magnes defeated Caris 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in No. 5 singles. Seniors Phil Law, Brazdil, and Lin also competed in that match, winning their singles matches in straight sets respectively.
The Series with Fairleigh Dickinson:
The matchup with FDU (2-1) on Saturday will be the first time the Knights and the Quakers will meet in dual competition in the history of the two schools. FDU played two dual matches in the fall - against Hofstra and St. Joseph's - winning them 5-2 and 6-1 respectively. In its first match of the spring season on February 4, the Knights lost 4-3 to Lehigh University. Freshman newcomer Arvis Berzins, playing at No. 1, had one of the wins for FDU. Berzins, along with junior Yuri Gricheno, are the only two players who are currently 3-0 in dual matches for the Knights.
Although Penn and FDU have never seen each other before in dual competitions, a couple players did meet in individual tournaments during the fall. Sophomore Ivan Turudic edged out Berzins in a close 4-6, 6-1, 12-10 match in the Round of 16 of the USTA NTC Invitational. Turudic and his doubles partner, fellow classmate Zach Katz, faced off against Berzins and junior Ibrahim Shams at the ITA Regionals in the Round of 32, with the FDU tandem triumphing 8-6. The two doubles teams could have a potential rematch on Saturday. Berzins/Shams are the only doubles pairing to be undefeated so far for the Knights, going 3-0 at No. 1 doubles.