Men's Tennis Cruises Past NJIT, Readies for ECAC

PHILADELPHIA – The streak continues for the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team, as the Quakers defeated NJIT 6-1 Wednesday evening at the Hecht Tennis Center and are now 6-0 this spring. It is the best start to a spring season in the Geatz era and the Red and Blue have a chance to keep the momentum rolling this weekend at the ECAC Tournament.

Switching things up a bit, Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis adjusted his lineup and played sophomore duo Marshall Sharp and Thomas Spratt at No. 1 doubles, senior captain Jeremy Court and sophomore Matt Nardella played at No. 2, and junior Austin Kaplan and freshman Nicholai Westergaard took over at the No. 3 spot.

Court and Nardella easily defeated Andres Alban and Jan Cimrman 6-2, while the Highlanders shortly after handed Sharp and Spratt a 6-3 loss. The doubles point was riding on the No.3 pairs and Kaplan and Westergaard put on the flare and provided a comeback show. The duo found themselves down 4-3 and remained resilient to clinch the doubles point with a 7-6 victory.

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Junior Blaine Willenborg made quick work at No. 4 singles, winning in two sets by an identical score of 6-2 and freshman Josh Pompan soon followed with a win of his own at No. 3. Court then clinched the dual with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2.

Spratt, at No. 6, provided a fifth point with another two-set win, but NJIT would be next to win a match in two-sets. At No. 1, junior captain Vim De Alwis was hanging touch with Highlander Markus Schultz but was unable to overcome him a fell 6-4, 6-3. Sharp closed out the evening, going the distance with a tiebreaker and came out with a 14-12 win.

Results: Penn 6, NJIT 1
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
Schultz/Holl (NJIT) defeated Sharp/Spratt (Penn) 6-3
Court/Nardella (Penn) defeated Alban/Cimrman (NJIT) 6-2
Kaplan/Westergaard (Penn) defeated Rangga/Jedlinski (NJIT) 7-6

Order of finish: 4, 3, 2, 6, 1, 5
Markus Schultz (NJIT) defeated Vim De Alwis (Penn) 6-4, 6-3
Jeremy Court (Penn) defeated Andres Alban (NJIT) 6-3, 6-4
Josh Pompan (Penn) defeated Jan Cimrman (NJIT) 6-3, 6-0
Blaine Willenborg (Penn) defeated Arnaud Holl (NJIT) 6-2, 6-2
Marshall Sharp (Penn) defeated Rich Rangga (NJIT) 6-7, 7-5, 14-12
Thomas Spratt (Penn) defeated Luka Kaic (NJIT) 7-5, 6-2

Up Next for Penn
The No. 51 Quakers, seeded third out of 10 teams, will begin play in the ECAC Tournament on Saturday with sixth seed, No. 68 Brown. Originally to be played at Columbia, the ECAC’s were moved to Harvard and will be hosted by the Lions next year. Action for the Red and Blue is set to begin at 5 p.m.

Updated Spring Records
Court/Podesta 3-1
De Alwis/Nardella 2-1
Sharp/Spratt 1-1
Court/Nardella 1-0
Kaplan/Westergaard 1-0
Kaplan/Pompan 1-0
Kaplan/Spratt 1-0
Kaplan/Sharp 0-1
Pompan/Sharp 0-1
Nardella/Spratt 0-1

Nicolas Podesta 5-0
Vim De Alwis 2-2
Jeremy Court 5-1
Matt Nardella 3-1
Josh Pompan 5-1
Blaine Willenborg 3-1
Austin Kaplan 0-1
Ismael Lahlou 1-0
Thomas Spratt 2-0
Marshall Sharp 1-0