PHILADELPHIA – A return to its home courts coincided with a return to the win column for Penn as the Quakers defeated Navy, 6-1, on Sunday at the Levy Tennis Pavilion. The win is the tenth in a row for the Quakers over the Midshipmen. With the victory, Penn evens its record at 4-4 and ends a two-match skid. Navy drops to 8-3 on the season.
Navy stared the match by winning the doubles point, 2-1, with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. All three matches were closely contested as Nos. 1 and 2 ended 8-6 and No. 3 was an 8-5 affair in favor of Navy’s team.
Penn halted whatever momentum Navy carried over from doubles with a 6-0 sweep of the singles matches. The Quakers won four of the six matches in straight sets – including a 6-2, 6-4 win by Jonathan Boym at No. 2 and a a 6-2, 6-3 win from Justen Roth at No. 6.
Hicham Laalej (No. 1) and Alex Vasin (No. 4), rallied from first-set losses to win three-set contests. Freshmen Phil Law and Jason Lin also picked up wins for the Red and Blue.
“We knew navy was going to be a challenge after they played hard against Yale in a 4-3 loss on Saturday,” head coach Nik DeVore said. “Navy fights like no other team we have seen this season.”
DeVore was pleased with the effort from Roth and Law.
“Justen and Phil played really well today, winning in straight sets,” he said. “I was also impressed with Alex. He showed a lot of determination coming back from the early deficit.”
The Quakers are back in action on Wednesday when they host cross-town rival Saint Joseph’s at 4 p.m.
Penn def. Navy, 6-1
No. 1 Nelms/Waters (Navy) def. Laalej/Boym (Penn), 8-6
No. 2 Vasin/Roth (Penn) def. Bullard/Nicholson (Navy), 8-6
No. 3 Hill/Birger (Navy) def. Law/Lin (Penn), 8-5
Navy wins doubles point, 2-1
No. 1 Laalej (Penn) def. Nelms (Navy), 1-6, 7-5, 10-5
No. 2 Boym (Penn) def. Rebersak (Navy), 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 Law (Penn) def. Waters (Navy), 7-6, 6-2
No. 4 Vasin (Penn) def. Hill (Navy), 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
No. 5 Lin (Penn) def. Lemaide (Navy), 6-4, 7-6
No. 6 Roth (Penn) def. Bullard (Navy), 6-2, 6-3