PHILADELPHIA - After spending the last month in the friendly confines on Hecht Tennis Center, the University of Pennsylvania will take a week-long trip to Texas for four matches over spring break. Penn will face North Texas on Sunday, UT Arlington on Tuesday, Texas on Thursday, before finishing up with Rice on Saturday.
The Quakers are riding a five-match winning streak that has propelled them into the No. 65 spot in the ITA rankings. Includied in those wins was an impressive performance over No. 57 Old Dominion and the first win over Maryland since 2008 to finish a perfect homestand.
Kana Daniel has led the way for the Quakers all season, playing in their top spot. Daniel carries a 4-0 record and has been equally as impressive in the doubles matches with partner Sonya Latycheva.
A QUICK LOOK AT NORTH TEXAS:"Streaky" is the best way to describe the way North Texas' season has gone. The Mean Green won their first match, dropped their next four, won their next four after that, and have since gone on a three-game losing streak. North Texas has seen four ranked opponents in 2016, most recently dropping at 6-1 decision to No. 60 TCU.
A QUICK LOOK AT UT ARLINGTON:The Mavericks of the University of Texas at Arlington have had a lot of early season success, riding a 6-1 start. Their latest win came over fellow Philadelphians Temple by a 6-1 score on Friday night. The only loss of the season came to Florida International on February 28. Before that, UT Arlington started the season with five straight wins.
A QUICK LOOK AT TEXAS:The Longhorns will play one more match before Penn gets their shot at them. That match happens to be against No. 4 Michigan at home. Texas has seen some of the best teams in the nation this season and sit at 4-4. They were in the same ITA Kick-Off pool as the Quakers, but defeated Purdue to avoid Penn. Texas defeated Princeton in its last match, 4-2.
A QUICK LOOK AT RICE:No. 40 Rice is 6-2 and 4-1 on its home court. The Owls only losses of 2016 came to No. 9 LSU and No. 39 Virginia Tech. They will make two more appearances before playing Penn. One of them against fellow Ivy Leaguers Brown.