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Junior Kyle Mautner will look to help Penn men's tennis defeat Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend to clinch an Ivy Championship.

Credit: Zach Sheldon

Philadelphia is becoming a national athletic powerhouse, and Penn's tennis program is part of the reason why.

This week, Penn men's tennis (15-10, 4-1 Ivy) has the opportunity to clinch the Ivy League Conference title. Meanwhile, Penn women’s tennis (9-11, 2-3) is finishing their season strong with their critically acclaimed rookie of the year Ashley Zhu. 

The men’s team plays Dartmouth this weekend in an in-conference game. They are currently 4-1 in the Ivy League Conference and are coming off a three-game winning streak going into Saturday’s game with their latest win coming over Brown. In that match, the Quakers turned in a stellar showing in the singles match-ups, with the No.1, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 spots coming out on top without losing more than four games in their respective sets.

In addition to facing a powerhouse Dartmouth team (18-5, 4-1), the men will take on Harvard (19-5, 3-2). Both opponents are more than talented enough to put an end to the Red and Blue's Ivy championship homes.

But Penn is hoping it can follow the trend of the city and sweep it opponents, which would clinch the title.

The women are also battling to end the season in style. The women’s team will face Dartmouth (10-10, 3-2) Saturday at home, before finishing the season against Harvard. The Crimson (13-8, 5-0) have been on fire recently with a 7 game wining streak and it will require an excellent game from Penn to provide them with their first Ivy loss of the season and clinch a winning Ivy record on the year.

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