PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Men’s Tennis Team put together solid results on Day One of the Ivy-Plus Invitational on Friday. The Quakers split their squad between the Hecht and Hamlin tennis courts, and Princeton’s Lenz Tennis Center.
Results at Princeton
Kyle Mautner and Josh Pompan led the way for the Quakers at Princeton, each putting together a pair of high-quality wins.
Mautner battled back from a one-set deficit to defeat South Carolina’s Harrison O’Keefe (1-6, 6-3, 6-2), who is currently slotted No. 96 in the ITA rankings. Mautner, who is also nationally ranked (No. 120), then cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Harvard’s Brian Yeung.
Pompan picked up straight-set wins over Srdjan Jakovljevic (6-3, 6-4) of Tennessee and Harvard’s Kenny Tao (6-1, 6-4). He will meet South Carolina’s Thomas Mayronne tomorrow afternoon in the semifinals of the Lenz Draw.
Dmitry Shatalin and Matt Nardella also snagged wins in Princeton. Shatalin knocked off Brown’s Anthony Arocho by a score of 6-0, 6-3, before falling 6-3, 6-2 to Cornell’s Pietro Rimondini. Following a loss in his main draw, Nardella recorded a 7-5, 7-6 (4) victory over Tennessee’s Scott Jones.
Results at the Hecht Center
Max Cancilla put together Penn’s lone win in a main draw, sneaking out a three-setter over Harvard’s Galen Lee, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. He followed that up with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Dartmouth’s Charlie Broom.
Fellow freshmen Robby Smithline and Kaden Funk each dropped three setters. Smithline fell 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to Drexel’s Youssef Lahlou, while Funk dropped a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 decision to Maverick Lin of Cornell. Smithline rebounded with a win over Dartmouth's Paul Midgley.
Following a loss in the opening round of his flight, Nicholai Westergaard took down Noah Sutter of Penn State, 6-0, 6-4.
The Ivy-Plus Invitational will continue tomorrow at both sites, beginning at 9 a.m. A pair of doubles’ rounds will kick things off, followed by a round of singles.