Men's Tennis Defeats Cornell, 4-3; Advances at ECAC Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Penn advanced to the semifinals of the 2009 ECAC Championships with a 4-3 win over Cornell at Harvard on Saturday in a match that lasted four hours. The Quakers, seeded fourth in the tournament, will take on top-seeded Harvard on Sunday. The Crimson are also ranked No. 46 in the country.

Cornell won the doubles point by a 2-1 score. Alex Vasin andJusten Rothpicked up Penn’s lone win in doubles with an 8-4 win at No. 3.

In singles, Penn won at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in straight sets. Hicham Laalej, Jonathan Boym and Adam Schwartz picked up the wins at those spots for the Red and Blue. At No. 5 singles, Vasin won a three-set match 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to secure the win.

There will be little turnaround time for Penn as they take to the courts with the Crimson at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Penn def. Cornell: 4-3

Singles

No. 1 Laalej, Penn def. Jaklitsch, Cornell: 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 Boym, Penn def. Goldstein, Cornell: 6-4, 7-6

No. 3 Schwartz, Penn def. Fife, Cornell: 6-3, 7-6

No. 4 Feldman, Cornell def. Law, Penn: 4-6, 7-5, 10-8

No. 5 Vasin, Penn def. Gauthier, Cornell: 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 Asch, Cornell def. Lin, Penn: 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 Feldman/Gauthier, Cornell def. Laalej/Law, Penn: 8-3

No. 2 Klis/Asch, Cornell def. Boym/Schwartz, Penn: 9-8

No. 3 Vasin/Roth, Penn def. Bernstein/Sherwood, Cornell: 8-4