CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite having already played Harvard earlier this season, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team couldn’t come up with a win against the No. 31 Crimson, falling 4-0 at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. The Quakers have dropped three Ivy contests in a row and are now 2-3 in the League.
After taking the doubles point against Dartmouth yesterday, the Red and Blue were unable to come up with a win this time. Senior co-captain Nikola Kocovic and freshman Matt Nardella kept the Crimson from claiming the sweep defeating the nation’s 15-ranked pair – Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster -- at the No. 1 spot in a tight battle, 8-7.
Nguyen, ranked as the 39th singles player in the nation, came back in the singles matches, defeating Kocovic in two sets (6-1, 6-3).
Junior Jeremy Court and Nardella were the next two to fall, dropping both of their matches in two sets.
Penn returns to Philadelphia to prepare for a contest on Friday with the leader in the Leauge, Columbia. The match on Friday will be the last home match for the Quakers and it is set to begin at 2 p.m.
No. 1 Nguyen/MacMaster lost to Kocovic/Nardella 8-7
No. 2 Hu/Yeung def. Court/Katz 8-6
No. 3 Beltrame/Schultz def. Kaplan/De Alwis 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
No. 1 Denis Nguyen defeated Nikola Kocovic 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 Sebastian Beltrame vs. Vim De Alwis 6-4, 2-3, DNF
No. 3 Shaun Chaudhuri def. Jeremy Court 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 Alex Steinroeder vs. Zach Katz 6-4, 4-5, DNF
No. 5 Brian Yeung def. Matt Nardella 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 Andrew Ball def. Marshall Sharp 6-3, 1-6, 2-1 DNF
Order of finish: 1, 3, 5