New Haven, Conn. - The Quakers played in four three-set matches on Friday but only won half of them as they fell to Yale by a 5-2 margin on the road.
Penn wasn't able to get a doubles victory for just the second time all season as they lost all three in tight battles, 8-5, 8-6 and 8-4.
In singles play, captain Hicham Laalej recovered from his first loss of the season last week at No. 1 singles. The senior won the first set 6-3, but dropped the second by the same score, before shutting out reigning Ivy Player of the Year Marc Power in the third set 6-0. Laalej's victory was just one of two in singles play for the Red and Blue, as freshman Nikola Kocovic also was victorious in three sets at No. 5 singles. Kocovic lost the first set 6-2 but fought back to take the final two 6-4, 6-3.
The loss drops Penn to 0-2 in the Ivy League and 10-3 overall. The Quakers return to action on Saturday when they play Brown at 2 p.m.
Hicham Laalej (P) def. Marc Powers (Y) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
John Huang (Y) def. Ivan Turudic (P) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Daniel Hoffman (Y) def. Phil Law (P) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Erik Blumenkranz (Y) def. Jason Lin (P) 6-4, 7-5
Nikola Kocovic (P) def. Joel Samaha (Y) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Jordan Abergel (Y) def. Zach Katz (P) 7-6, 6-3