PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's tennis team overcame a late charge by the visiting Georgetown Hoyas to take a 4-3 victory Friday. Sophomore Adam Schwartz secured the match-clinching victory when he defeated Georgetown's Ted Tywang, 7-6, 6-2 at No. 6.
The day got off to a good start for the Quakers as they took the doubles point by sweeping all three matches. At No. 1 doubles, Jason Pinsky and Joseph Lok earned an 8-4 victory, and the No. 2 team of Jonathan Boym and Eric Riley did the same. Justin Fox and Brandon O'Gara secured an 8-5 triumph at No. 3 doubles.
The singles matches saw Penn continue to dominate at the top of the order, as Jason Pinsky dispatched his opponent at No. 1 with ease, winning 6-2, 6-1. Jonathan Boym's 6-2, 6-2 victory put the Quakers within a point of the team victory.
However, at No. 4, Justin Fox was unable to complete his match after spraining an ankle. He was forced to retire while trailing in the first set, 4-2. Meanwhile, Adam Gross defeated Eric Riley at No. 5, 6-4, 7-5, to pull Georgetown to within a point at 3-2 in the team score.
At No. 3, Joseph Lok dropped the first set 6-1, but battled hard in the second set. After pulling to within a game at 5-4, Lok could come no closer, though, as he fell 6-4, allowing Georgetown to pull into a tie.
All attention was focused on the Schwartz/Tywang tilt at No. 6. After being up 5-2 early in the first set, Schwartz had allowed Tywang to come back and tie the score at six. Staving off several set points for Tywang, Schwartz buckled down and won the set, 7-6. With his teammates roaring in support, Schwartz was able to secure a victory for himself and the team in the second set, winning 6-2.
"It was a fun environment with everyone gathered around Adam's court," said head coach Nik DeVore. "It was good for him to get the win after letting his opponent back in it. As a team, it's a good test to have a match tied at three this early in the season. We were able to prevail and that will be good for us as we go along."
The Quakers now hit the road for the first time this season. They will travel to Old Dominion, where they will face the Monarchs on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.