PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's men's tennis team will play its first road Ivy League matches this weekend. On Friday, the Quakers will take on Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. at 3 p.m. Afterwards, they travel to Cambridge, Mass. for a 2 p.m. start time on Saturday against Harvard.
Penn went 1-1 last weekend, winning its first Ivy League match of the season in a hotly contested battle against Brown Friday afternoon, 4-3. With the Quakers up 3-2, senior Adam Schwartz clinched Penn's victory in his three-set 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Brown's Tom Deighton.
The Quakers, however, couldn't carry this momentum into their match the following day as they fell to Yale 5-2. Penn yet again dropped the doubles point, getting swept in doubles for the second time this spring. The lone bright spots for the Red and Blue came from the bottom of the lineup where freshman Jason Magnes won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles and senior Justen Roth came out on top in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 6, both after having lost their singles matches on Friday against Brown.
Penn is now 1-2 in the Ivy League and 11-6 overall this spring. After going 8-0 to start the season, the Quakers are just 3-6 in their last nine matches. The key for Penn has been doubles, where the team is just 2-6 went they are unable to capture the doubles point.
Dartmouth holds a 9-8 record on the season, including 0-2 against Ancient Eight opponents, and enters the weekend on a four-game losing streak. The Big Green dropped its Ivy League opening matches last week to Cornell, 5-2, and Columbia, 6-1. Last season, Dartmouth came up winless in the conference, finishing in last place. Penn's convincing 6-1 defeat of Dartmouth was the Red and Blue's only Ivy victory last year.
Harvard also saw a similar fate last weekend as it dropped its two games to Columbia and Cornell, both by a 5-2 score. Despite its 9-10 overall record, in which most of its losses came at the hands of nationally ranked opponents, the Crimson is currently ranked at No. 69. A year ago, Harvard beat Penn 5-2, giving Penn its first out of two losses at home last season.