Men's Tennis Comes Out on Top in Penn Invite

PHILADELPHIA – Perfect tennis weather provided by Mother Nature allowed all of the matches to be played in a timely manner during the Penn Invitational this weekend at the Hamlin Tennis Courts in Penn Park. The final matches of the fall tournament wrapped up on Sunday, and the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team came out on top.

Over the course of the weekend, the Quakers totaled 29 wins. Freshman Josh Pompan went 4-0 in singles, while senior Jeremy Court went 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles. In the final day’s competition, the Red and Blue saw opponents from Buffalo and Binghamton, while most of them were from Penn State.

Day 3 Singles
Tony Miller (Buffalo) def. Dan Harris (Penn), 6-3; 3-6; 7-6 (8)

Roman Trkulja (Penn State) def. Nicolas Podesta (Penn), 6-3; 2-6; 7-6(4)
Jeremy Court (Penn) def. Aws Laaribi (Penn State), 3-6; 6-2; 6-3
Nika Dolidze (Penn State) def. Marshall Sharp (Penn), 2-6; 6-0; 6-3
Josh Pompan (Penn) def. Marc Collado Castells (Penn State), 6-2; 6-4
Blaine Willenborg (Penn) def. Mike Reilly (Penn State), 6-4; 6-3
Thomas Spratt (Penn) def. Christian Lutschaunig (Penn State), 7-6; 3-6; 6-3
Ismael Dinia (Binghamton) def. Dan Harris (Penn), 6-4; 6-2
Thomas Caputo (Binghamton) def. Austin Kaplan (Penn), 6-2; 7-5

Day 3 Doubles
Hajdu-Andersson/Miller (Buffalo) def. Harris/Rapoprt (Penn), 6-1

Trkulja/Laaribi (Penn State) def. Kaplan/Spratt (Penn), 6-4
Court/Podesta (Penn) def. Dolidze/Reilly (Penn State), 6-3
Collado Castells/Lutschaunig (Penn State) def. De Alwis/Sharp (Penn), 6-2
Hazarika/Dinia (Binghamton) def. Kaplan/Harris (Penn), 6-1

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Penn continued to standout at the conclusion of day two of the Penn Invitational. The Quakers were 8-5 on the day in singles play and 3-4 in doubles. Seven members of the Red and Blue were 1-0.

Day 2 Singles
Dan Harris (Penn) def. Kyle Berman (Cornell), 6-3; 6-3

Daniel Grunberger (Columbia) def. Zach Lessen (Penn), 6-2; 7-5
Taiyo Hamanaka (Columbia) def. Gabriel Rapoport (Penn), 6-1; 7-6(5)
Nicolas Podesta (Penn) def. Ziqi Wang (Yale), 6-3; 6-1
Jeremy Court (Penn) def. Daniel Faierman (Yale), 6-2; 6-1
Martin Svenning (Yale) def. Matt Nardella (Penn), 6-4; 7-6
Marshall Sharp (Penn) def. Alex Hagermoser (Yale), 6-4; 6-2
Josh Pompan (Penn) def. Photo Photiades (Yale), 6-3; 6-2
Zach Krumholz (Yale) def. Blaine Willenborg (Penn), 7-6; 3-6; 6-3
Thomas Spratt (Penn) def. Matt Saiontz (Yale), 6-3; 6-2
Austin Kaplan (Penn) def. Jason Brown (Yale), 6-1; 6-2
Gabriel Rapoport (Penn) def. Dan Koehler (Drexel), 7-6; 6-7; 10-8
Xabier Saavedra (Drexel) def. Zach Lessen (Penn), 2-6; 4-3 ret.

Day 2 Doubles
Katz/Richardson (Princeton) def. Lessen/Harris (Penn), 6-1
Kaplan/Spratt (Penn) def. Faierman/Svenning (Yale), 7-5
Court/Podesta (Penn) def. Saiontz/Wang (Yale), 6-4
Photiates/Hagermoser (Yale) def. Sharp/Nardella (Penn), 7-6
Krumholz/Brown (Yale) def. De Alwis/Willenborg (Penn), 6-4
Lessen/Rapoport (Penn) def. Koehler/Saavedra (Drexel), 6-2

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All eyes turned to freshman Josh Pompan, who defeated St. John’s Federico Ruiz in a thrilling third-set tiebreaker, 6-0; 3-6; 7-6(5), during the final match on day one. At the end of Friday’s play, the Quakers totaled 13 wins and five losses as the team advances in the tournament.

Pompan and freshman Nicolas Podesta posted two victories on the day. Earlier in the day, Pompan defeated Buffalo freshman Noah Andersson, 6-2; 6-4, while Podesta took out UB’s Damien David, 6-4; 6-4. Podesta finished his day with an identical two-set win over St. John’s Vaidik Munshaw.

Day 1 Singles
Matic Spec (Minnesota) def. Blaine Willenborg (Penn), 6-1; 6-2

Nicolas Podesta (Penn) def. Damien David (Buffalo), 6-4; 6-4
Pablo Alvarez (UB) def. Vim De Alwis (Penn), 6-2; 7-6
Matt Nardella (Penn) def. Sergio Arevalillo (UB), 7-6; 6-4
Josh Pompan (Penn) def. Noah Hajdu-Andersson (UB), 6-2; 6-4
Zach Lessen (Penn) def. Maros Januvka (Temple), 6-2; 4-6; 6-1
Nicolas Podesta (Penn) def. Vaidik Munshaw (St. John’s), 6-4; 6-4
R.J. Del Nunzio (St. John’s) def. Matt Nardella (Penn), 6-2; 6-3
Jeremy Court (Penn) def. Elio Livi (St. John’s), 6-4; 6-2
Robert Livi (St. John’s) def. Marshall Sharp (Penn), 7-5; 6-7; 7-5
Josh Pompan (Penn) def.Freddy Ruiz Acevedo (St. John’s), 6-3; 3-6; 7-6(5)

Day 1 Doubles
Court/Spratt (Penn) def. Mehta/Ionescu (Buffalo), 8-6

Kaplan/Sharp (Penn) def. Miller/Honnestad (Buffalo), 8-6
Kaplan/Rapoport (Penn) def. Bosard/Nardella (Lehigh), 8-4
Spratt/Kaplan (Penn) def. Sidney/Dykeman (Cornell), 8-4
Willenborg/Rapoport (Penn) def. Quazzo/Tso (Princeton), 8-7 (10-8)
Spratt/Kaplan (Penn) def. Hejhal/Every (St. John’s), 8-5
Sacher/Notaris (Binghamton) def. De Alwis/Lessen, 8-4

Penn Invite Records
Josh Pompan, 4-0

Jeremy Court, 3-0
Thomas Spratt, 2-0
Nicolas Podesta, 3-1
Austin Kaplan 1-1
Gabriel Rapoport, 1-1
Dan Harris, 1-2
Zach Lessen, 1-2
Matt Nardella, 1-2
Marshall Sharp, 1-2
Blaine Willenborg, 1-2
Vim De Alwis, 0-1
Court/Podesta, 2-0
Court/Spratt, 1-0
Kaplan/Rapoport, 1-0
Kaplan/Sharp, 1-0
Lessen/Rapoport, 1-0
Rapoport/Willenborg, 1-0
Kaplan/Spratt, 3-1
De Alwis/Lessen, 0-1
De Alwis/Sharp, 0-1
De Alwis/Willenborg, 0-1
Harris/Rapoport, 0-1
Kaplan/Harris, 0-1
Lessen/Harris, 0-1
Sharp/Nardella, 0-1