PHILADELPHIA - The Lott Courts weren't friendly to the Quakers on Friday, as Penn dropped the doubles point and three of the first four singles points to fall to St. John's 5-2.
In a match which lasted over four hours, the Quakers managed three victories overall and two total points in defeat. The loss drops the Red and Blue to 10-3 on the season.
"It was a match that we could have won," said head coach Nik DeVore "We competed hard today, but the loss at No. 2 doubles hurt us, and not getting the doubles point changed the scope of the match going forward."
In doubles, Penn's lone victory came at No. 3, where the duo of Rob Wong and Adam Schwartz were victorious with an 8-2 score. At No. 2, freshmen Jason Magnes and Mark Milbrandt were unable to secure a win, dropping it 9-7.
Sophomore No. 1 Eugen Brazdil opened up singles play with a straight set victory, 7-5, 6-4, evening the match at 1-1. Losses by Schwartz at No. 2 and Jason Lin at No. 4 put the Quakers in a 3-1 hole. A loss by Justen Roth at No. 6 assured Penn of defeat and put the team down 4-1
Law made it a 4-2 match with his hard-fought three-set victory at No. 3, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1, while Magnes dropped his match in a tough tiebreaker, 7-5, 6-7 (11-9).
The Quakers return to action next Wednesday when they take on Binghamton on the Lott Courts, weather permitting, at 3 p.m.
Doubles 3, 1, 2
1. Asaf Honig / Milo Hauk (STJ) def. Eugen Brazdil / Phil Law, 8-6
2. Pavel Cerny / Derek Wallensteen (STJ) def. Jason Magnes / Mark Milbrandt, 9-7
3. Adam Schwartz / Rob Wong (P) def. Mike Lampa / Stefan Bojic, 8-3
Singles 1, 2, 4, 6, 3, 5
1. Brazdil (P) def. Cerny, 7-5, 6-4
2. Hauk (STJ) def. Schwartz 2-6, 6-7
3. Law (P) def. Bojic 7-5, 5-7, 6-1
4. Horst (STJ)def. Jason Lin 2-6, 6-3, 3-6
5. Asif (STJ) def. Magnes 7-5, 6-7 (11-9)
6. Lampa (STJ) def. Justen Roth 6-4, 4-6, 4-6