PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers finished their second weekend of play in strong fashion, as two title were captured at the St. Joseph's Invitational while another was won at the USTA Collegiate Invitational on Sunday afternoon
At the St. Joseph's Invitational, freshman Zach Katz captured the No. 1 singles title by first defeating Delaware's Courtney Scott 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinal. In thefinal, Katz had to come from behind after losing the opening set in a tiebreaker. He was able to rebound in the second set, 6-2, and prevailed 10-6 in the third set tiebreaker to defeat the Hawks' Alex Veronis for the title.
In doubles play, the duo of Katz and classmate Ivan Turudic took care of Drexel's Nikoloz Kurdatze and Manu Bajpai 8-6 to take home the No. 1 doubles title. The freshmen were up 5-1 and looked poised to take the match with relative ease, but Drexel fought back hard, eventually pulling to within 7-6, before Turudic was able to serve out the match for Penn.
Head coach Nik DeVore was pleased with his underclassmen's play. "This was a good test for our two freshmen against some talented upperclassmen from Drexel, said DeVore. "I was really happy with how strong our team stayed mentally once Drexel mounted a comeback."
At Flushing Meadows, the team of Jason Lin and Jason Magnes took home the Flight D doubles title by defeating Princeton's duo of Richardson and Yegya-Raman, 8-4. In the Flight E singles final, sophomore Robert Wong fought hard but fell just short against Cameron Ghorbani of Dartmouth 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In the Flight F singles final senior Zach Gorn lost to Alex De Chatellus of Dartmouth 6-2, 6-3.
Next up for the Red and Blue is the ITA All-America tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oct. 3-9, where Senior Hicham Laalej will compete in the qualifying draw. The ITA
All-America tournament is the largest and most competitive college tennis tournament in the country. A portion of the team will also be competing in the Columbia Invitational Oct. 8-10.