COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In a scene eerily similar to Friday, the Penn men's tennis team won the doubles point against Louisville on Saturday but could only manage one individual victory as they fell to the No. 43 Cardinals, 5-2.
The match got off to a solid start, as the No. 1 doubles team of Jason Pinsky and Joseph Lok defeated Louisville's team of Austin and Simon Childs. The Louisville team came into the match ranked No. 23 in the nation, but Pinsky and Lok dispatched them handily, winning 8-2.
Eric Riley and Brandon O'Gara were also big winners at No. 2 doubles, winning an 8-1 decision.
After that, though, Louisville took over. The onlysingles victor of the day for Penn was Joseph Lok, who came back after losing the first set 7-5 to win the match, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. Justen Roth also took his opponent to a third set, but ended up falling at No. 5, 6-1, 7-6, (7-1).
"I was really pleased with the play of Jo Lok this weekend," head coach Nik DeVore said. "He played great doubles with Jason Pinsky, defeating the No. 23 team in the country and very nearly defeating the No. 30 team from Maryland the day before."
The men will be back in action on Monday, March 10, when they travel out west to begin a California road trip that starts at St. Mary's. They will travel on to Cal and San Francisco before returning home on March 15 to take on Michigan. The Quakers expect to have junior Justin Fox back with the team for their California trip. Fox has been out with an ankle injury for much of the spring season.
1 - No. 40Austin Childs(UL) d. Jason Pinsky (UP) 6-1, 6-4
2 - Joseph Lok (UP) d.David Simon(UL) 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
3 -Viktor Maksimcuk(UL) d. Eric Riley (UP) 6-3, 6-1
4 -Simon Childs(UL) d. Adam Schwartz (UP) 6-1, 6-4
5 -Robert Rotaru(UL) d. Justen Roth (UP) 6-1, 7-6 (7-1)
6 -Alejandro Calligari (UL) d. Brandon Ogara (UP) 6-1, 6-4
1 - Pensky/Lok (UP) d. No. 23 Childs/Childs (UL) 8-2
2 - Riley/Ogara (UP) d. Simon/Rotaru (UL) 8-1
3 - Maksimcuk/Camacho (UL) d. Roth/Schwartz (UP) 7-6 (7-4)
* - with the doubles point already clinched, the coaches agreed to play a tiebreaker