PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will put its 2-0 Ivy record on the line this weekend, traveling to take on No. 50 Harvard and No. 38 Dartmouth. Saturday’s 1 p.m. match against the Crimson is set to broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network. First serve between the Quakers and Big Green will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Red and Blue have already met both Harvard and the Big Green this season, as they each visited the Hecht Center as part of February’s ECAC Championships. Penn defeated Dartmouth, 4-3, before falling to Harvard by a score of 5-2.
Penn dropped the doubles point in each matchup, but responded with wins in the top-four singles slots against Dartmouth. Freshman Kyle Mautner highlighted the win over the Big Green, taking down the Ivy League’s reigning Player of the Year, Dovydas Sakinis, in three sets. Vim De Alwis and Josh Pompan were the only two Quakers to post victories in each match.
Last Time Out
Speaking of the doubles point, the Quakers jumped out to 1-0 leads in both of their league triumphs last weekend at the Hecht Center. Penn knocked off Yale, 5-2, and picked up a thrilling 4-3 win over Brown. Penn received straight-set wins from Mautner, De Alwis, Pompan, and Blaine Willenborg in the win over the Bulldogs on Saturday.
It was a different story against the Bears, as Pompan put together a legendary performance to clinch Penn’s tightest victory of the season. Down 5-1 in the third set of his No. 3 singles match, Pompan rattled off six-consecutive games to secure a 6-7 (3) 6-4, 7-5 win over Mladen Mitak.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard, who is 12-10 overall this season, is coming off a pair of Ivy losses last weekend to No. 26 Columbia (4-3) and No. 54 Cornell (4-1). Nicky Hu, the Crimson’s top singles player, is currently ranked as the 117th-ranked player in the nation. In fact, he put put together an impressive 6-2, 6-1 win over Columbia’s 64th-ranked Shawn Hadavi last weekend. The Crimson have notable wins over Vanderbilt, Old Dominion, Drake, San Diego State (twice), and William & Mary.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth split its first two conference matches last weekend, falling to Columbia (4-2) and defeating Cornell (4-2). The Big Green snagged the doubles point in each contest, while Max Fliegner was the only member of the singles lineup to win in both matches.
Sakinis leads the way for Dartmouth, and is currently ranked No. 81 in the country according to the ITA. In addition to the win over Cornell, the Big Green has notable wins over Clemson, Drake, Tulane, Minnesota, and Memphis.
The Quakers hit the road once again next weekend, heading to Cornell on Friday for a 1 p.m. start.