In a pair of weekend matches against non-conference foes Wisconsin and Rice, Penn men’s tennis rode the full emotional spectrum from elation to frustration.
The weekend started out on a high note for the Quakers (4-3) with a thrilling 4-3 win over the previously unbeaten Badgers (3-1). After losing the doubles point, Penn battled back with singles victories from junior Josh Pompan, sophomore Kyle Mautner and junior Gabe Rapoport.
Only days after suffering a heartbreaking 4-3 setback at the hands of undefeated Big Ten power Minnesota, Penn men's tennis will get a pair of chances at redemption this weekend, hosting fellow Big Ten member Wisconsin on Saturday before welcoming Rice to Philadelphia the following afternoon.
Every match is special in its own way. But then there are those contests that are circled on the calendar months ahead. For Penn men’s tennis, that day is Sunday, when it will be hosting Minnesota bright and early.
Senior captain Matt Nardella and junior captain Josh Pompan were chosen to lead Penn men's tennis to success in this upcoming season as they will face some high competition and competitive rivalries.
Kana Daniel and Penn women's tennis have high expectations on the court this season. This weekend, they'll get the chance to back them up. Penn (0-2) hosts Temple (3-2) this Saturday at 1:00 P.M. in the Hecht Tennis Center.
Despite not winning a team Ivy League title in either the men’s or women’s side, both Quaker teams had impressive seasons. Penn women’s tennis, with their best finish since 2008, finished their season ranked No. 48 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Rankings (ITA). Meanwhile, Penn men’s tennis had a three-win improvement from the year before in the Ivy League.
In just under seven years, Penn men's tennis' Kyle Mautner turned from a kid who practiced very little into one of the most highly touted recruits in the country and one of the best players in the Ivy League. The path to this point required hard work and a lot of time away from home, but for Mautner, it was all part of a special opportunity that has led to him playing at the top of the Quakers’ lineup.
Although there was no love lost between the Williams sisters in Australia on Saturday, tennis feuds were alive and well in the city of Brotherly Love last weekend.
It may still be cold out, but Penn men’s tennis is coming home for the spring season.
On Saturday, the Quakers will continue their 2017 campaign with a doubleheader against two very familiar programs.
There were mixed results for Penn men's tennis in the opening weekend of its spring season, as the Red and Blue kicked off the year down in the Volunteer State with a win over Middle Tennessee State and a sweep at the hands of Vanderbilt.
While many of us look forward to a weekend brimming with what we’d contend are some pretty ambitious party plans, the Red and Blue men’s tennis squad has something bigger and a bit more impactful in their scopes: a weekend-long, tension-packed double matchup in Tennessee.
Sometimes the fight means more than the win. And, in the 20th edition of the Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational, the Quakers endured extraordinary battles throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, play at the Hecht tennis center concluded at Penn’s annual home tournament, commemorating the late Cissie Leary, who served as the women's tennis coach at Penn from 1977-1996.
What do you do when you can’t play the sport you love? Turn your fighting energy towards a different arena: the business world.
On a hiatus from the game of tennis, 29 year-old Maria Sharapova has chosen to attend Harvard Business School for a two-week summer program.
Mostly unnoticed during the comeback and in the post match celebration, however, were the chants his teammates were belting out.
They weren’t in English.
Led by senior Ismael Lahlou, the chants for Pompan, the hero of the match, were in Arabic.
Penn Athletics has a variety of varsity sports teams, but it also hosts a wealth of club sports. These club teams can even be surprisingly successful — the men’s club basketball team, for instance, had a record-breaking year.
But for the best club athletes, just how easy is it — and how often does it occur — to move up to the varsity level?
The latter question is easier to answer.
Coming in hot having won three straight conference matches and with the Ivy League title on the line, it made for a competitive weekend for Penn women's tennis.
After jumping up 22 spots in the ITA Rankings from 74 to 52 after defeating Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend, the Quakers split their final Ivy doubleheader, falling to No. 63 Cornell on Friday, 5-2, at home before rebounding the season finale in New York against No. 34 Columbia, 4-3.
On Friday against Cornell, the Big Red took an early lead, claiming the first four points.
The slide continues.
After opening up Ivy play with two key wins over Yale and Brown at the beginning of the month, Penn men's tennis has failed to find similar success in four conference matches.
In head coach Sanela Kunovac’s first season in 2009, Penn went winless in the Ivies for the first time ever.
The Quakers fell on the road, 6-1, to No. 50 Harvard and 4-0 to No. 38 Dartmouth.
Coming off its first Ivy League win of the season last weekend, Penn women’s tennis hoped to build on that confidence as two ranked opponents, Harvard and Dartmouth, arrived in Philadelphia.
With a 4-3 win over Harvard and a 5-2 victory against Dartmouth, the Quakers (10-7, 3-2 Ivy) did just that.