PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's tennis team completed a perfect Ivy League weekend Saturday when they defeated the Brown Bears, 5-2, at Lott Courts. The Quakers (11-8, 2-1) swept the doubles point before taking four singles matches from a team that had been ranked as high as No. 73 this season, propelling themselves back into the forefront of the Ivy League championship race.
"This was a great win for us," head coach Nik DeVore said. "It puts us right back in it."
Penn opened the day by breezing through the doubles matches. At No. 3 doubles, Justin Fox and Adam Schwartz dominated an 8-1 decision. No. 1 Jason Pinsky and Joseph Lok grabbed an 8-4 victory to ensure the doubles point, and No. 2 Brandon O'Gara and Eric Riley also added an 8-4 victory to complete the sweep.
Playing at No. 4 doubles, Adam Schwartz got the Quakers their first singles point when he won in three sets, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. The sophomore bounced back after a tough opening set, challenging his opponent at the net and firing shots down the sideline to earn victories in the final two sets.
Senior Joseph Lok was next on the board for Penn, winning a 7-5, 6-2 decision at No. 2.
"Jo has been our most consistent player at the top of the lineup," DeVore said. "We've been relying on that steadiness from him and he has delivered for us all spring."
At No. 1, senior Jason Pinsky was in another lengthy battle the day after earning a hard-fought victory against Yale. Pinsky won his first set 7-5 and traded games for much of the second set before pulling away for a 6-4 triumph. As the last point went into the books, Pinsky pumped his fist and yelled towards the crowd, celebrating his match-clinching victory that kept the Quakers' hope of a league title alive.
With the match already decided, senior Eric Riley did not stop fighting in his own singles match. Playing at least a spot above his normal position on the Penn ladder, No. 3 Riley dropped a close first set, falling 7-5. He rebounded to take a 7-6 second set which seemed to demoralize his opponent as Riley cruised to a 6-1 decision in the third set, ensuring the final 5-2 team score.
Penn will next be in action in Cambridge, Mass., where they will take on the Harvard Crimson on Friday. Harvard, currently ranked No. 45 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, is the highest ranked team in the Ivy League. After that match, Penn will continue on to Dartmouth on Saturday. Both matches are set to begin at 2 p.m.
1. Jason Pinsky/Joseph Lok def. Sam Garland/Noah Gardner, 8-4
2. Brandon O'Gara/Eric Riley def. Saurabh Kohli/Jonathan Pearlman, 8-4
3. Justin Fox/Adam Schwartz def. Chris Lee/Charlie Posner, 8-1
1. Jason Pinsky def. Saurabh Kohli, 7-5, 6-4
2. Joseph Lok def. Jonathan Pearlman, 7-5, 6-2
3. Eric Riley def. Chris Lee, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1
4. Adam Schwartz def. Basu Ratnam, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Noah Gardner def. Brandon O'Gara, 6-3, 6-1
6. Sam Garland def. Justen Roth, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6