PHILADELPHIA The spectators at the Ringe Courts have little to be disappointed about as they watched two exciting matches this weekend. After narrowly falling, 5-4, to Harvard on Saturday, Penn battled Dartmouth and in the same fashion defeated the Big Green, 5-4. The Quakers battled back from a 4-3 deficit as Porter Drake and Mark Froot won their matches to seal the Penn victory.
The Quakers and the Big Green entered the final round of matches at a deadlock, 3-3. Penn picked up 3-0 decisions at No. 6 and 8 slots.At No. 6 Joey Raho downed Michael Shrubb (9-7, 9-6, 9-2), while Bobby Dickey outplayed Stephen Wetherill (9-2, 9-7, 9-1). Trevor McGuinness and Ted Newhouse battled at the No. 3 spot of the ladder in one of the early matches of the day. McGuinness took the first set, 9-2, followed by Ted Newhouse the next two, 9-6, 9-2. McGunness then rattled off two 9-2 games to capture the win.
Andrew Zimmerman match provided excitement at No. 5. Zimmerman and Michael Lewis traded matches, 7-9, 9-3, 5-9, 9-6 Zimmerman taking the second and fourth, before Lewis took the fifth and final set, 9-7. Nick Sisodia and Luke Lee captured Dartmouth’s other early wins. Sisodia defeated James Clark (9-3, 9-5, 10-8), while Parker Justi fell to Lee (7-9, 9-6, 10-8, 9-4).
With the match tied at 3-3, either team would have to win two of the three remaining matches to triumph. The matches were being played simultaneously on adjacent courts and all were becoming epic five game clashes as the crowd gathered on the one side of Ringe Courts to catch glimpses of all three. The first to finish was Thomas Mattsson’s match against Andrew Boumford who worked back from a 2-1 deficit to take the final two games, 9-7, 9-5.
With Dartmouth up a match it required Froot and Drake to win. To build the suspense, both Froot and Drake dropped the first two games and dug themselves out of 2-0 deficits to be tied two-all. At one point deep within the final game, Froot and Drake both were serving for match point concurrently, but it was Drake who got to nine points first, quickly followed by Froot to propel the Quakers past Dartmouth.
Penn def. Dartmouth (5-4)
1. Andrew Boumford (Dartmouth) def. Thomas Mattsson (4-9, 9-6, 1-9, 9-7, 9-5)
2. Nick Sisodia (Dartmouth) def. James Clark (9-3, 9-5, 10-8)
3. Trevor McGuinness (Penn) def. Ted Newhouse (9-2, 6-9, 2-9, 9-2, 9-2)
4. Mark Froot (Penn) def. Brian O’Toole (7-9, 3-9, 9-5, 9-0, 9-3)
5. Michael Lewis def. Andrew Zimmerman (7-9, 9-3, 5-9, 9-6, 9-7)
6. Joey Raho (Penn) def. Michael Shrubb (9-7, 9-6, 9-2)
7. Porter Drake (Penn) def. Tyler Young (6-9, 4-9, 9-8, 9-1, 9-7)
8. Bobby Dickey (Penn) def. Stephen Wetherill (9-2, 9-7, 9-1)
9. Luke Lee (Dartmouth) def. Parker Justi (7-9, 9-6, 10-8, 9-4)