PHILADELPHIA – No. 51 University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will travel to Harvard for the 2015 ECAC Men’s Indoor Tennis Championships this weekend at the Murr Tennis Center. The Quakers, seeded third out of 10 teams, will begin play on Saturday with sixth seed, No. 68 Brown. Originally to be played at Columbia, the ECAC’s were moved to Harvard and will be hosted by the Lions next year. Action for the Red and Blue is set to begin at 5 p.m.
All matches will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network, free of charge.
Fans should be aware that because of the recent weather in Boston, parking is limited at the athletic complex and cars will be charged $10 for all Friday and Saturday contests.
Scouting No. 68 Brown (4-0)
This past weekend, the Bears posted two home decisive wins over Quinnipiac and Bryant. Against the Bobcats, Brown took the top-five singles matches in straight sets and added the doubles point for a 6-1 win. The Bears followed the win up with another, a 7-0 victory over the Bulldogs.
At ECAC Last Year
Last year in Hanover, N.H., the Quakers were slated to begin play with the Crimson on Friday, but Mother Nature had plans of her own and forced the Red and Blue to play a day later. Against Harvard on Saturday, Penn dropped the doubles point but evened the score when Matt Nardella claimed a victory at No. 4 singles. The Crimson responded strong shortly after and handed the Quakers a 4-1 loss.
On Sunday, the Red and Blue faced fifth seeded Brown and took their first doubles point of the season. The point made all the difference as a back-and-forth battle began in the singles flights until it all came down to the remained pair on the court. Nardella, playing at No. 4, had responded to a 6-4 set-one loss with a second set win of 6-1. In the decisive third set, the then freshman came out on top 6-4 and gave Penn its first victory of the spring season.
Because of the winter weather’s delays, the Quakers were unable to play in their third scheduled match.
Updated Spring Records
De Alwis/Nardella 2-1
Nicolas Podesta 5-0
Vim De Alwis 2-2
Jeremy Court 5-1
Matt Nardella 3-1
Josh Pompan 5-1
Blaine Willenborg 3-1
Austin Kaplan 0-1
Ismael Lahlou 1-0
Thomas Spratt 2-0
Marshall Sharp 1-0