PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis, David Geatz, announced Wednesday that seniors Vim De Alwis and Austin Kaplan have been voted by their teammates as captains for the 2015-16 season. De Alwis, a captain for a second consecutive season, and Kaplan were both vital pieces for a Quakers’ team that went 13-3 in non-conference matches last season and achieved the highest ITA ranking (No. 39) in program history.
“We are extremely excited about Vim and Austin, two of our seniors, being named captains this season,” said Geatz. “They both know what it takes to be great leaders and will undoubtedly play large parts in the success of our team this year.”
Although he was unable to compete in Ivy League action due to injury, De Alwis made his mark with several key wins for the Quakers last season. In a 5-2 win over No. 16 Penn State, he teamed up with junior Matt Nardella for a 6-2 triumph at No. 3 doubles. He followed that up with a pair of wins in Penn’s 4-3 victory over No. 72 Boise State. After snagging a 6-3 triumph in doubles with fellow senior Blaine Willenborg, De Alwis clinched the match with a thrilling 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 (12) win at No. 1 singles.
Kaplan posted a 16-8 doubles record last season, including a 4-1 mark in Ivy League matches. The Scarsdale, N.Y. native was especially impressive toward the end of 2015, pairing with Willenborg to pick up wins in seven of their last eight doubles matches of the season. The duo recorded victories over No. 62 Brown, No. 35 Harvard, No. 54 Dartmouth, and St. John’s. In addition to the success in doubles, Kaplan also picked up four wins in singles last season.
De Alwis, Kaplan and the rest of the Quakers will begin the fall season by hosting the fourth annual Penn Invitational at the Hamlin and Hecht Tennis Centers on September 11-13.