SAN FRANCISCO - The Penn men's tennis team dropped its fifth straight match Thursday when it fell to San Francisco, 6-1. Sophomore Jeffrey Karsh, making his first collegiate singles appearance, won an individual match at No. 6, 6-2, 6-1.
The Quakers have suffered several injuries that have kept their normal lineup from taking the court, but newcomers have stepped up during the team's California trip and head coach Nik DeVore has been impressed with the effort put forth by players such as Karsh.
"Jeff played some great tennis," DeVore said. "He was very poised out there and played solid tennis against a very tough opponent. Right now we are playing without Jonathan Boym, Justin Fox and Eric Riley. Without Boym and Fox against Cal, the guys who stepped in did well, but Cal was too much for us."
Penn fell to Cal, 7-0, despite two close doubles matches and five singles matches which DeVore categorized as "very competitive."
The Quakers now return home to Philadelphia, where they will take on the eighth-ranked Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. The noon match, which was originally scheduled to take place outdoors at Lott Courts, has been moved inside due to the threat of inclement weather on Saturday morning.