Philadelphia, Pa. The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team, ranked 65th in the nation, defeated cross-town foe Saint Joseph’s, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon in the Levy Tennis Pavilion. The win gives the Quakers a 12-3 record headed into Ivy League play.
Penn got things started on a good note, winning all three doubles matches to take the first point. David Lynn and Mikhail Bekker teamed up at No. 1 doubles to win, 8-6, over Francisco Velazquez and A.J. Garabedian. Tas Tobias and Joseph Lok won at No. 2 doubles, taking the match, 9-8(2), over Jimmy Holland and Antonio Aniello. At No. 3 doubles, Brandon O’Gara and Todd Lecher defeated the team of Chris Spencer and Van Homer Pangilinan, 9-8(6) to complete the Quaker sweep.
The Quakers also swept the singles matches for the victory. Lynn won at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-1, over Velazquez and Bekker won in the second position, 6-1, 6-0, to give Penn the early edge. Justin Lavner won in the third slot, 6-3, 6-1, over Garabedian while Tobias defeated Aniello at No. 4, 6-1, 6-2, to secure the win for Penn. Lecher won in the fifth position, 6-2, 6-4, over Spencer to improve his singles record to 14-1 this spring. Craig Rubin won for Penn in the No. 6 spot, 6-4, 7-6(6).
The Quakers are next in action when they open Ivy League play on Friday, April 1 at Princeton. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant
Penn 7, Saint Joseph’s 0
Lynn/Bekker (P) def. Velazquez/Garabedian, 8-6
Tobias/Lok (P) def. Holland/Aniello, 9-8(2)
O’Gara/Lecher (P) def. Spencer/Pangilinan, 9-8(6)
Lynn (P) def. Velaquez, 6-3, 6-1
Bekker (P) def. Holland, 6-1, 6-0
Lavner (P) def. Garabedian, 6-3, 6-1
Tobias (P) def. Aniello, 6-1, 6-2
Lecher (P) def. Spencer, 6-2, 6-4
Rubin (P) def. Pangilinan, 6-4, 7-6(6)