PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's tennis team moved to 2-0 Wednesday when it defeated Saint Joseph's, 6-1. The Quakers won their second match against an intra-city opponent on the young season and did so in convincing fasion with some of their top players making their first appearances of the season.
The match started with Penn quickly dispatching of the Hawks' doubles teams, something it had trouble doing in losing the doubles point to Drexel on Saturday. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Jason Pinsky and Joseph Lok quickly knocked out Phil Garabedian and Will Pearson, 8-1. Justin Fox and Brandon O'Gara were next to claim victory as they sealed the doubles point for Penn with an 8-4 victory. For both Pinsky and O'Gara, the doubles matches were their first action of the spring after they sat out the Drexel match recovering from illness.
Eric Riley and Justen Roth made the doubles matches a straight sweep for the Quakers when they took an 8-5 victory.
"Getting the doubles point was big for us," said head coach Nik DeVore. "For Pinsky and Lok to come out and win as convincingly as they did was especially big. That match definitely set the tone for our day."
There was no let up as the match advanced to singles. Pinsky, playing at No. 1, proved to be too much for Saint Joseph's Pat Adams as he utilized a blistering serve to take a 6-0, 6-4 win. Although his performance was impressive, it was Jonathan Boym's6-1 6-0 winat No. 2 that made the biggest impression on DeVore.
"Jonathan was really impressive for us today," DeVore said. "To only lose one game like that showed how much intensity he was playing with. It was good to see him back on the court and performing like that."
Another Quaker making his return from illness was Adam Schwartz, who played at No. 6.
"We were very happy to have Adam back out there for us," DeVore said. "He played very well, and really gave us a boost."
Schwartz earned a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Matt Prusack to take his match.
Other winners for the Quakers were Joseph Lok and Eric Riley. Lok continued his dominating play from Saturday in taking out Phil Garabedian, 6-3, 6-1. Eric Riley dispatched Patrick Cerutti 6-0, 6-1.
The Quakers remain at home for their third match of the season when they take on the Hoyas of Georgetown on Friday. That match is set to begin at 3 p.m. at Levy Pavilion.
1. Jason Pinsky/Joseph Lok def. Phil Garabedian/Will Pearson 8-1
2. Justin Fox/Brandon O'Gara def. Pat Adams/Patrick Cerutti 8-4
3. Eric Riley/Justen Roth def. Nick Tuxen/Michael Stauble 8-5
Penn wins the doubles point
1. Jason Pinsky def. Pat Adams, 6-0, 6-4
2.Jonathan Boymdef. Nick Tuxen, 6-1, 6-0
3. Will Pearson def. Justin Fox, 6-7, 6-4 (11-9)
4. Joseph Lok def. Phil Garabedian, 6-3, 6-1
5. Eric Riley def. Patrick Cerutti, 6-2, 6-0
6. Adam Schwartz def. Matt Prusack, 6-0, 6-1