PHILADELPHIA – Home-court advantage has been taken to new heights this season by the Penn men’s tennis team, as the Quakers defeated Dartmouth, 6-1, on Friday to improve to 7-0 at home this season.
With the win, Penn is now 10-9 overall. The victory was the Red and Blue’s first Ivy win in 2009 and ups Penn’s Ancient Eight mark to 1-3.
The Quakers picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to clinch the doubles point to start the match. Hicham LaalejHicham LaalejHicham Laalej teamed with Jeffrey KarshJeffrey KarshJeffrey Karsh to win at No. 1, 8-4, while Phil LawPhil LawPhil Law and Justen RothJusten RothJusten Roth picked up a win at No. 2, 8-5.
Penn carried its success over to singles, winning five of the six matches. Four of the five wins were straight-set victories, including a convincing 6-1, 6-1 win by Adam SchwartzAdam SchwartzAdam Schwartz at No. 3. Senior captain Jonathan BoymJonathan BoymJonathan Boym was just as dominant at No. 2, winning 6-2, 6-2.
“Jonathan and Adam took care of business today,” head coach Nik DeVoreNik DeVoreNik DeVore said. “They won handily and gave us a commanding 3-0 lead in the match.”
After Roth clinched the win with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 6, Hicham LaalejHicham LaalejHicham Laalej came through with a come from behind win at No. 1, shaking off a 4-6 loss in the first set to earn a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win. Jason LinJason LinJason Lin finished off the day for the Quakers with a 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 5.
“It was nice to finally play a home Ivy match,” DeVore said. “We had three tough road Ivy matches to start the year. There is no place like home, and we are now 7-0 here.”
Penn continues it streak towards a perfect home record with a match against Harvard at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“Harvard is one of the favorites to win the league,” DeVore said. “This is a key match for them, so they will be after us. I think our guys will respond well and play hard as they protect their home turf.”