PHILADELPHIA – After dropping in the ITA Top 75 rankings, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will look to get back on track and capture two-home wins before heading into Ivy play. On Saturday, the No. 61 Quakers (12-3) will host Temple and Georgetown, taking on the Owls first at 9 a.m. and then the Hoyas at 2 p.m. The weekend action was supposed to take place outdoors at the Hamlin Tennis Courts; however, Mother Nature has forced the matches to be played indoors at the Hecht Tennis Center.
Spring Break Recap
Over the course of six-day break, the Red and Blue went 3-2, starting with a home victory over Radford, 5-2. Shortly after the win, Penn began their journey to New Mexico, where the Quakers were set to play four teams: Georgia State, then-No. 45 New Mexico, New Mexico State, and UT Arlington.
After a win over Georgia State, the Red and Blue’s five-match win streak was snapped with a loss to New Mexico.
Despite finishing the slate with a tough loss to UT Arlington, junior Blaine Willenborg and freshman Josh Pompan stayed hot throughout to improve their personal win streaks. Currently, Willenborg has won nine consecutive matches, while Pompan has taken seven in a row. Both have reached double-digit in wins, with Pompan in the lead at 12-2. Willenborg is right behind at 11-1 with senior captain Jeremy Court just behind him at 10-3.
3/7 Radford: W, 5-2
3/8 Georgia State: W, 4-2
3/10 New Mexico: L, 4-0
3/12 New Mexico State: W, 4-3
3/13 UT Arlington: L, 4-2
The Owls enter Saturday’s match following a string of wins over Hampton, Hofstra, and La Salle. A fourth match with Maryland Eastern Shore was scheduled (for 3/5) but inclement weather in Maryland forced a postponement. Of the three matches that Temple played, two were won by a 7-0 margin as the Owls triumphed over Hampton and La Salle.
In the AAC, the Owls are 0-2 after a 7-0 loss to Memphis a 4-0 loss to East Carolina.
Over the course of time when the two teams first met in 1983, the Red and Blue boast a 22-0 series lead, including 7-0 victories the last two years.
The Hoyas had a tough start to the spring season, opening with two losses in the 4-1 Invitational to Belmont (4-1) and VCU (5-0). But in the third and final match of the invite, Georgetown claimed a 3-2 victory over Campell. While the second win of the season was claimed against Marist, the Hoyas wouldn’t claim their third until a successful battle on the West Coast with UC Riverside, overcoming a close 4-3 match.
Similarly as the Owls, the Hoyas have struggled in the past against Penn. In 31 meetings, the Quakers have won 30 matches including the first one in 1913 (5-1). However, Georgetown has put up a fight the past two years, only falling by one (4-3).
Penn in the ITA Top 75*
No. 61 – 3/17/2015
No. 41 – 3/10/2015
No. 39 – 3/3/2015
No. 44 – 2/24/2015
No. 52 – 2/17/2015
T-No. 51 – 2/10/2015^
T-No. 51 – 2/3/2015
No. 75 – 3/6/2012
No. 63 – 4/5/2011
No. 61 – 3/29/2011
No. 60 – 3/22/2011
No. 64 – 3/15/2011
No. 71 – 3/1/2011
No. 68 – 3/2/2010
No. 51 – end of 2006
*Note: Records may not be complete.
^ ITA release Individual and Double rankings; team rankings did not change.