Not many Penn athletes can say they spent time in the pros before putting on the red and blue for the Quakers.
This was no country club tennis match.
In a frenzied atmosphere at the Hecht Tennis Center on Sunday, Penn men’s tennis took on Brown to complete their opening weekend of Ivy League play.
As spring progresses and the plants begin to blossom, Penn tennis expects to see a lot of Ivy. From this point forward, all of its remaining scheduled games are against conference foes.
While most of Penn’s campus was rejoicing over a beautiful spring weekend, Penn women’s tennis headed to Princeton, N.J., with the hopes of doing something they have failed to do since 2008: Beat the Tigers.
They say the enemy of your enemy is your friend, but do not go telling that to either Penn or Princeton when they meet for Ivy openers this weekend.
When the Quakers face St. John’s this Saturday, they will do so with the same mentality if they were pitted against Ivy league rivals such as Harvard or Dartmouth.
A trip to the Wild West proved to be just that – wild.
With five teams on the docket – four of which were ITA ranked – the Quakers ventured to Colorado and California where they played out a very busy spring break schedule.
Their time in the sun, however, resulted in few bright spots as the Red and Blue fell to all of their ranked opponents.
Although they’ll be under the sun, there will be no break for Penn women’s tennis over the next week.
The Quakers will be heading to Texas for four matches against tough opponents, such as UT-Arlington and UT-Austin, spanning the week of spring break.
It’s Penn vs. Penn.
Sunday afternoon, Penn men’s tennis faced off against No. 21 Penn State at the Hecht Tennis Center, dropping its last home match before heading into Ancient Eight play, 5-2.
Penn tennis knows a thing or two about rallying.
Women’s tennis faced off against longtime rival Maryland, walking away victorious, 5-2, on Saturday
Photoshopping Vladimir Putin amongst other things onto pictures of her teammate in play, Marta Kowalska, with her friend and doubles’ partner OJ Singh, crafts a Facebook-worthy cover photo to advertise this weekend’s match against Maryland.
This weekend the Penn vs. Penn State rivalry will take place yet again on the courts of Hecht Tennis Center as the schools’ men’s tennis teams will engage in a battle of squads ranked in the top 60 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Quakers (4-6) look to continue rolling after an easy win over New Mexico last weekend.
That win, along with beating No. 38 Dartmouth and losing close-fought matches to No. 52 Princeton and No. 32 Harvard, has propelled the Red and Blue into 59th in the rankings, their first national rank this season.
The undefeated Nittany Lions will visit Philadelphia ranked 21st and ready for revenge.
In its first action since a busy weekend where the team went 1-2 against three ranked Ivy squads at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, Penn men’s tennis rebounded swiftly with a 6-1 defeat of New Mexico.
Penn may not be best known for cranking out young superstars, but after this year, they just might.
After two weeks off the courts, Penn women's tennis served up a big win at home.
The Quakers defeated Albany, holding a 5-2 advantage at the Hecht Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
Until this weekend, Penn men’s tennis had yet to play a tournament in the 2016 season at full strength.
Its veteran star, senior Vim De Alwis, was recovering from knee surgery after getting injured late in the 2015 season, and rookie sensation Dmitry Shatalin was stuck sorting through NCAA clearance bureaucracy.
Things seem to be falling into place this weekend for Penn men’s tennis.
For Penn Tennis, the courts of the Hecht Tennis Center and Penn Park provide a homecourt advantage like no other.
So far, this long schedule seems to be paying dividends for the team, as demonstrated on Sunday afternoon at Hecht Tennis Center. Coming fresh off a win against Old Dominion, the Quakers sent Rutgers packing with a 6-1 finish.
It was a much-needed turnaround.
Following a disappointing trip to Seattle last weekend that produced losses to both East Tennessee State and Washington, Penn Men’s Tennis was in desperate need of a spark to kick-start a season full of expectations and promise.
In Saturday’s meet at the Hecht Tennis Center against Middle Tennessee State, they got just that.