PHILADELPHIA – For the second consecutive season, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will kick off the fall season by hosting the Penn Invitational at the Hamlin and Hecht Tennis Centers. Play will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and wrap up at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
William & Mary
Red and Blue Returners
*The Quakers return four players from their starting singles lineup from a year ago, including first-team All-Ivy selection Kyle Mautner. Mautner played No. 1 singles in all of Penn’s matches last spring, racking up 11 wins against some of the top players in the nation.
*Other returners for the Quakers include captains Matt Nardella and Josh Pompan. Nardella led the Quakers in both winning percentage (.545) and singles triumphs (12) last year, while Pompan piled up nine wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions.
*Sophomore Dmitry Shatalin and junior Nicholai Westergaard are among other
notable players back for Penn. Westergaard teamed with Austin Kaplan last
season at the top of the doubles lineup, and finished the season ranked No. 88
in the nation. They were ranked as high as No. 25 in the ITA.
*Head Coach David Geatz added three freshmen to this year’s roster, in the form of Kaden Funk, Max Cancilla and @Robert Smith. Funk hails from Orlando, Fla, Cancilla comes from Huntington Beach, Calif and Smithline arrives to Penn from from Rye, N.Y.
*At last year’s Penn Invite, the Quakers put together a 25-14 record in singles and a 10-7 mark in doubles matches. Standout performers for Penn included Westergaard, who went 3-1 in matches against St. John’s, VCU, Buffalo, and Old Dominion.
*The Quakers played one of the toughest schedules in program history, taking on 16 teams that ended the season in the ITA rankings. Penn went 3-4 in the Ivy League, marking a three-win improvement from 2015. The Red and Blue ended the season with a thrilling 4-3 win over No. 48 Princeton.