Men's Tennis Set to Battle Cornell and Columbia

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will play a pair of Ivy matches this weekend, traveling to take on No. 54 Cornell on Friday before hosting No. 25 Columbia on Sunday. The Quakers currently sit at 2-2 in the Ivy League this season, with three matches remaining.

Last Time Out
The Red and Blue dropped a pair of Ancient Eight contests last weekend, falling 6-1 at Harvard and 4-0 to Dartmouth. Kyle Mautner earned the Quakers’ lone victory, defeating Harvard’s Nicky Hu by a score of 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3). Although the Quakers were unable to tally many points, they were in a fair share of close matches. The Red and Blue dropped three three-setters against the Crimson, and were in three more against Dartmouth—all of which went unfinished.

Scouting the Big Red
Cornell enters the weekend with a 3-2 record in the Ivy League, and a 10-10 mark this season. Most recently, the Big Red defeated Yale (5-2) and Brown (4-1) on the road last weekend. Cornell also holds a win over Harvard earlier this month, which was its second victory over the Crimson this season. Individually, Stefan Vinti has a perfect 4-0 singles record in Ivy action while David Volfson has won three-straight matches in the No. 1 slot.

Scouting the Lions
Columbia is currently atop the Ivy standings (5-0), and sits as the highest ranked team in the Ancient Eight. The Lions, who are seeking their third-straight conference title, have dropped only nine points in their five Ivy triumphs. Shawn Hadavi is currently slotted at No. 77 in the ITA’s national singles rankings, which is the highest distinction of any player in the Ivy League. Hadavi is 4-1 against Ivy foes in the No. 1 singles position.

Quaker Quick Hits
*Austin Kaplan and Nicholai Westergaard are ranked No. 79 in the latest ITA doubles’ rankings. Penn’s top duo is 11-8 this season.

*Mautner has played No. 1 singles in every match this season, and stands with a record of 10-9 against some of the best players in the nation.

*Matt Nardella has also been in the singles lineup in every Penn match, and incidentally, also holds a 10-9 mark in the No. 4 spot.

*Sharing time between No. 2 and No. 3 singles, Josh Pompan is 10-7 this season in dual matches.