Stockton, Calif. - Fresh off their first loss of the season, the Quakers rebounded nicely with a tough 4-3 victory over Pacific on Tuesday in California.
Penn led off the match by capturing the always important doubles point by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The freshmen duo of Zach Katz and Ivan Turudic earned a win at No. 1, 8-4, and the team of senior captain Hicham Laalej and Phil Law got the 8-5 win at No. 2.
In singles, the Quakers lost at No. 2 and No. 4 in straight sets, but junior Jason Lin came away with a victory at No. 5 to keep the overall score tied at 2-2. The Red and Blue fell behind 3-2 on a loss by Law at No. 3, but Laalej fought off defeat with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles.
With the match tied at 3-3 it came down to No. 6 singles and sophomore Jason Magnes. Magnes struggled in the first set, losing 6-1, but he came back to take the second 6-4. In the third and final set, Magnes broke serve and pulled out the 6-4 victory to propel Penn to the win.
The Red and Blue improve their record to 9-1 on the season. The Quakers' match against Pacific was canceled due to inclement weather and Penn continues its run of tough teams, facing No. 64 St. John's on Friday, March 18 at the National Tennis Center.
Zach Katz/Ivan Turudic (UPenn) def. Angus Thomson/Fernando Ristow (PAC) 8-4
Hicham Laalej/ Phil Law (UPenn) def. Artem Gramma/Alex Golding (PAC) 8-5
Ivan Castro/ Tomasz Krzyszkowski (PAC) def. Nikola Kocovic/Zach Gorn (UPenn) 8-7(6)
Order of finish:1, 2*, 3
Laalej (UPenn) def. Castro (PAC) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Krzyszkowski (PAC) def. Turudic (UPenn) 6-1, 6-3
Gramma (PAC) def. Law (UPenn) 6-4, 7-5
Ristow (PAC) def. Kocovic (UPenn) 6-1, 7-5
Lin (UPenn) def. Golding (PAC) 6-2, 6-2
Magnes (UPenn) def. Thomson (PAC) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 4, 2, 5, 3, 1, 6**