PHILADELPHIA – For the third-consecutive weekend, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will compete in the friendly confines of the Hecht Tennis Center. This time, the newly-ranked Quakers (No. 59) will welcome No. 21 Penn State on Sunday at noon.
The Quakers made their way into the ITA rankings this week after a dominant 6-1 win over New Mexico last Saturday night. In addition, the duo of Austin Kaplan and Nicholai Westergaard were slotted No. 25 in the country on the doubles side.
Penn is coming off one of their best performances against the Lobos, notching their fourth win of the season. Penn is 4-2 at home this year, with additional wins over Navy, No. 50 Middle Tennessee State, and No. 38 Dartmouth. Kaplan and Westergaard have been especially impressive, going 7-2 at the No. 1 doubles slot. Most recently, the pair posted a 7-6 (8) triumph over New Mexico’s 16th-ranked duo of Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen.
In singles action, freshmen Kyle Mautner and senior captain Vim De Alwis have led the way from the top of the lineup. Mautner is 6-4 at No. 1 singles, including a triumph over the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Dovydas Sakinis (Dartmouth). De Alwis is currently on a four-match winning streak at No. 2, with wins over ranked-Ivy foes Dartmouth, Princeton, and Harvard.
The Quakers defeated then-No. 16 Penn State last season in State College. Matt Nardella, Josh Pompan, and Blaine Willenborg all captured singles wins, while Nardella also added a doubles triumph with partner De Alwis.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State enters this weekend with a perfect 9-0 record, and ranked No. 21 in the country. Most notable, the Nittany Lions own wins over Clemson, No. 38 Dartmouth, No. 55 Old Dominion, and No. 68 Cornell.
PSU features a pair of singles players currently ranked in the top 100, with Leonard Stakhovsky coming in at No. 59 and Matt Barry at No. 98.