The Quakers ended their season on a somber note after tough losses to Columbia and Cornell.
The Lions took an insurmountable 4-0 lead while leading the other three matches before Friday’s match was called early to accommodate the Time to Shine event
The Quakers (9-5, 1-2 Ivy), were able to slip by Brown (6-9, 0-2) on Friday, 4-3, but fell to No. 41 Yale (13-2, 2-0), 5-2, to close out their weekend homestand.
Today’s match against the Bears was the first of a home doubleheader for Quakers, and a victory helps set the tone for tomorrow’s duel against Yale at the Hamlin Tennis Center.
Looking to start off Ivy play with a win at home against the Tigers on Saturday, Penn appeared overmatched for the first time in a long time, falling 6-1.
With their second highest score of the season (193.725), the Quakers eked by Cornell (193.250) to clinch their second ECAC title in a row.
The shorthanded Quakers were able to eke out a 4-3 win in Fort Meyers on Friday against a tenacious Florida Gulf Squad, thanks to a clutch performance from Sophomore Alex Ion.
While most students will be off relaxing, the squad will be heading to Florida for spring training before their season opener against Saint Joseph’s in mid-March.
Looking for their third Ancient Eight title in as many years, Penn gymnastics will square off against Brown, Yale and Cornell on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Against Bridgeport and former Olympian Monica Mesalles Sallare, Penn narrowly fell 195.325-193.975 at the Palestra despite posting its fourth-highest overall score in program history.
Having yet to drop a single match this season, Penn women’s tennis looks to keep its record unblemished in their last home contest of the winter.
Engaged in a four-way battle royal with Rutgers, Bridgeport and Ursinus, the Quakers came away from New Jersey with a final score of 190.525, good for third place.
Penn gymnastics will face off against Rutgers, Bridgeport and Ursinus in New Brunswick, N.J., on Saturday at 1 p.m.
After finishing third last year with an overall score of 189.025, Penn finished 4th this year at the Lindsey Ferries Invitational, despite a final score of 189.575, their highest to date at the annual competition.
The Quakers showed off their depth in what amounted to a season preview for the Ivy League Champs in the Red vs. Blue Intrasquad Meet.
Although Penn has swept Navy six of the last nine years, the No. 14 Quakers are taking nothing for granted as they look forward to hosting the No. 17 Midshipmen on Thursday.
Going into their second-round match Thursday at the 2012 United States Tennis Association/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., the Penn doubles pair of Sol Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva fell just short in a 8-5 loss to Ashley Dai and Whitney Kay of North Carolina.
Sol Eskenazi and Sonya Latycheva won six straight matches en route to the regional title, beating four Ivy teams along the way, including top-seeded Princeton.
Coming off back-to-back 1-0 games, the focus for Penn against Cornell will understandably be on offensive precision.
This will be the sophomore’s second trip to the outdoor championship. Reynolds placed seventh at the meet as a freshman with a 2.14-meter leap and placed eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March of his sophomore campaign with a 2.20-meter leap, earning All-America honors at both meets.