PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will celebrate “Senior Day” on Saturday afternoon, as Princeton visits the Hamlin Tennis Center for the Quakers’ final match of the season.
Last Time Out
The Quakers moved to 2-4 in the Ivy League with losses to No. 55 Cornell and No. 25 Columbia last weekend. It was the second-straight winless weekend for Penn after opening the season 2-0 in the conference.
Matt Nardella picked up Penn’s lone point against the Big Red, while Blaine Willenborg put the Quakers on the board versus the Lions.
It was quite a doubles’ point against Columbia, as Penn won a tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles (Willenborg/Nardella), lost a tiebreaker at No. 1 and fell 7-5 in the No. 3 slot. In singles action, freshman Kyle Mautner was one game away from defeating Cornell’s David Volfson, before the match went unfinished. He then split sets with No. 77 Shawn Hadavi, but dropped a deciding super-tiebreaker (10-2).
Scouting the Tigers
Princeton enters the final weekend as the 46th-ranked team in the country by the ITA. In similar fashion to Penn, the Tigers have lost four Ivy matches in a row and are 2-4 in the conference this season. Most recently, Princeton lost 4-0 to Columbia and 4-3 to Cornell last weekend.
Individually, Alexander Day and Luke Gamble are currently ranked No. 76 in the latest ITA doubles rankings and also hold the most singles wins for the Tigers. Day is 11-8 in dual matches, while Gamble is 11-3.
Quaker Quick Hits
*Penn’s senior class, which will be competing in its final match on Saturday, includes Blaine Willenborg, Zach Lessen, Vim De Alwis, Austin Kaplan, and Ismael Lahlou.
*Penn has played one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season, competing in 15 matches against teams currently ranked by the ITA.
*Kyle Mautner has played No. 1 singles in all of Penn’s dual matches this season. The freshman has gone 10-11 against a schedule that includes six players currently ranked in the ITA Top 100.
*Matt Nardella, who has spent time at both No. 3 and No. 4 singles, leads the Quakers with 11 wins this season.
*Sharing time between No. 2 and No. 3 singles, Josh Pompan also resides over .500 this season with a record 9-8.