Several Penn sports teams and athletes had opportunities to capture season-defining victories over the weekend. It's not every weekend that the Quakers take on a No. 1 ranked team, or that a freshman swimmer competes at the NCAA Championships. Those settings, combined with Ivy League openers for both the men's and women's tennis teams, as well as the baseball and softball squads, allowed for the Red and Blue to be well-represented this weekend. For coverage of these matchups and more, here's this week's edition of the Weekend Wrap:
Baseball: After a competitive non-conference schedule, the Penn baseball team kicked off its Ivy League season with a doubleheader sweep of Dartmouth on Saturday. Both games ended in 3-2 victories for the Quakers. On Sunday, the Red and Blue went up against Harvard, capturing the day's first game, 4-1, before the second game was eventually postponed due to rain. After play resumed Monday, the Crimson struck for three runs in the ninth, and handed Penn its first Ivy loss of 2013.
Men's Tennis: Kicking off Ivy League play on Saturday, the Penn men's tennis team fell to Princeton for the sixth straight season, 4-3. Although the matchup was tight throughout, the early loss of the doubles point ended up dooming the Quakers. After the Tigers took a 1-0 lead, the teams split all six singles matches, giving Princeton enough points to caputre the victory.