PHILADELPHIA – After a grueling weekend at the ECAC Championships in Cambridge, Penn is back on the courts after a week of rest to take on Navy at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.
The Red and Blue are hoping to make it a “perfect 10” against Navy. The Quakers have won nine in a row over the Midshipmen, last losing in 1999.
The Quakers enter the weekend 3-4 overall, but with just one win in their last five matches. Navy is 8-1 on the season, but is heading away from the friendly confines of Annapolis for the first time in 2009 this weekend for an Ivy weekend against Yale (Sat.) and then the dual with Penn on Sunday.
Last season, Penn traveled to Annapolis and returned with a hard-fought win, 4-3. The Red and Blue rallied from a 3-0 sweep in doubles to win four singles matches to capture the dual. Penn was strong at the top of the ladder, winning at Nos. 1-4. Three of Penn’s four wins over Navy last year came via three-set matches – including two that saw the Quakers rebound from first-set losses. Adam Schwartz is the only player of the four who won last year who is back in 2009. He defeated Ramsey Lemaich at No. 4, 6-1, 6-4 in 2008. Alex Vasin also played in the match, losing at No. 6 singles, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in a close match with Owen Bullard.