HANOVER, N.H. – It was a tough start to a tough weekend, as the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team dropped its first weekend match to Dartmouth, 4-1. The Quakers took the doubles point but lost four straight singles matches for the win.
Giving the Red and Blue some momentum to start the match were doubles junior Jeremy Court and senior co-captain Zach Katz and sophomore Vim De Alwis and sophomore Austin Kaplan. De Alwis and Kaplan handled Nordahl and Chris Kipouras by a score of 8-4. Court and Katz came out on top in a tight match with Brandon DeBot and Sakinis, 8-7.
But unfortunately for the Quakers, the Big Green came back fighting for points in the singles, taking four straight.
Falling first was sophomore Blaine Willenborg at the No. 6 spot to Dartmouth’s George Wall (6-1, 6-0).
After winning the first set, Big Green Diego Pedraza came back for a three set win, taking the second and third (3-6, 6-0, 6-4), for the second Dartmouth point.
Court was unable to win the tied break in the second set and was forced to play a third. The momentum swung in the Big Green’s favor as Chris Kipouras took the match from Court with a 6-0 third set.
Fighting to keep the Quakers alive, freshman Matt Nardella dropped his first set to Brandon DeBot, 7-6. Nardella took a 5-3 lead in the second set, but was unable to finish hold on to the leading and dropped the second, 7-5.
Dartmouth was the first of two matches on the schedule for the Red and Blue this weekend. Next stop is Harvard on Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 1 Kocovic/Nardella (Penn) v Tannenbaum /Ghorbani: 6-6 unfinished
No. 2 Court/Katz (Penn) def DeBot /Sakinis 8-7
No. 3 De Alwis/Kaplan (Penn) def Nordahl /Kipouras 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2
No. 1 Sakinis vs Vim De Alwis (Penn): 4-6, 6-0, 3-1 unf
No. 2 Chris Kipouras def Jeremy Court (Penn): 3-6, 7-6, 6-0
No. 3 Brandon DeBot def Matt Nardella (Penn) 7-6, 7-5
No. 4 Ghorbani vs Zach Katz (Penn): 6-3, 2-6, 3-3 unf
No. 5 Diego Pedraza def Marshall Sharp (Penn): 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
No. 6 George Wall def Blaine Willenborg (Penn): 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 5, 2, 3