Men's Tennis Concludes Fall Season at ITA Regional

FLUSHING, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team’s fall season came to a close after play concluded for the Red and Blue in the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships on Saturday. Hosted by St. John’s, eight Quakers competed at the USTA National Tennis Center with the qualifying singles draws beginning Thursday.

Senior co-captain Jeremy Court and freshman Nicolas Podesta advanced the furthest in the competition, exiting in the doubles quarterfinals where the duo lost to Harvard’s seeded (3-4) Nguyen/Yeung, 8-5. The Crimson pair is now playing in the doubles finals. Along the way to the quarterfinals, Court and Podesta defeated two seeded pairs, (5-8) Lin/Vermeer from Columbia and (9-16) Alvarez/David from Buffalo.

In the singles main draw, Court and Podesta, along with junior co-captain Vim De Alwis and freshman Josh Pompan, exited after the third round. Each of the four Quakers dropped close matches to players from Columbia. The four Lions competed in the quarterfinals and three of the four advanced -- Narayana defeated teammate Vermeer (6-4, 2-6, 6-4).

Penn will now use the off season to prepare for the spring season, which begins with Penn State on February 1 in State College at 9 a.m.

Seeded Quakers
Singles
Vim De Alwis: 17-32
Nicolas Podesta: 17-32
Jeremy Court: 17-32

Doubles
Spratt/Nardella: 9-16

Singles Results
Thursday – Qualifying Round
1st Rd. Nicholai Westergaard (Penn) def. Carl Jedlinski (NJIT): 6-3, 6-3
2nd Rd. Eric Rubin (Columbia) def. Nicholai Westergaard (Penn): 7-5, 6-3
1st Rd. Thomas Spratt (Penn) def. Hank Workman (Boston College): 3-6 6-1 6-3
2nd Rd. Thomas Spratt (Penn) def. Inaki Belloso (Niagra): 2-6 6-3 7-5.

Friday
1st Rd. Eric Rubin (Columbia) def. Matt Nardella (Penn): 6-3, 6-0
1st Rd. Ivan Kravtchenko (Brown) def. Marshall Sharp (Penn): 7-5, 6-3
1st Rd. Luke Gamble (Princeton) def. Thoams Spratt (Penn): 7-5, 7-5
1st Rd. Josh Pompan (Penn) def. Aaron Sandberg (Brown): 6-4, 6-4

Saturday
2nd Rd. Vim De Alwis (Penn) def. Justin To (Brown): 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
3rd Rd. (1) Winston Lin (Columbia) def. Vim De Alwis (Penn): 6-1, 7-5
2nd Rd. Nicolas Podesta (Penn) def. Alex Day (Princeton): 6-4, 7-6(4)
3rd Rd. (5-8) Dragos Ignat (Columbia) def. Nicolas Podesta (Penn): 6-2, 7-6
2nd Rd. Josh Pompan (Penn) def. (17-31) Nicholas Hu (Harvard): 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
3rd Rd. (5-8) Ashok Narayana (Columbia) def. Josh Pompan (Penn): 7-6, 6-4
2nd Rd. Jeremy Court (Penn) def. Przemyslaw Filipek (Monmouth): 6-1, 6-4
3rd Rd. (9-16) Mike Vermeer (Columbia) def. Jeremy Court (Penn): 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Doubles Results
Friday
1st Rd. Solomon/Amyot (Fairfield) def. De Alwis/Sharp (Penn): 8-5
1st Rd. McCasin/Barnes (Army) def. Spratt/Nardella (Penn): 8-7
1st Rd. Podesta/Court (Penn) def. Carrera/Ivanov (St. Peter’s): 8-4

Saturday
2nd Rd. Podesta/Court (Penn) def. (5-8) Lin/Vermeer (Columbia): 8-7
3rd Rd. Podesta/Court (Penn) def. (9-16) Alvarez/David (Buffalo): 8-7
Quarterfinals (3-4) Nguyen/Yeung (Harvard) def. Podesta/Court (Penn): 8-5