PHILADELPHIA – Another day, another thriller for the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team. This time, however, the Quakers were on the losing end of a 4-3 tilt to No. 45 Princeton in the semifinals of the 2016 ECAC Tournament. The Quakers will now face No. 32 Harvard in the third-place match on Sunday at 9 a.m.
For the second-straight day, it all came down to the final match for the Quakers. In this instance, it was sophomore Josh Pompan in a decisive third set at No. 3 singles. Unfortunately for the Quakers, Princeton’s Alexander Day climbed out with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 triumph.
Penn was unable to rebound from dropping the doubles point, as Princeton logged victories in the No. 2 and No. 3 slots. In singles action - Kyle Mautner, Vim De Alwis (No. 2) and Matt Nardella (No. 3) were all straight-set winners for the second-consecutive day. Mautner was especially impressive in the No. 1 spot, making quick work of Princeton’s Diego Vives (6-2, 6-1). De Alwis and Nardella each fought through tiebreakers en route to their wins.
No 1 - Kyle Mautner def. Diego Vives, 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 - Vim De Alwis def. Thomas Colautti, 6-3, 7-6
No. 3 - Alexander Day def. Josh Pompan, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 - Matt Nardella def. Joshua Yablon, 7-6, 6-4
No. 5 - Kial Kaiser def. Nicholai Westergaard, 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 - Luke Gamble def. Blaine Willenborg, 6-2, 6-3
No. 1 - Westergaard/Austin Kaplan v. Day/Gamble, DNF
No. 2 - Vives/ Jimmy Wasserman def. De Alwis/Nardella, 6-3
No. 3 - Colautti/Yablon def. Thomas Spratt/Dmitry Shatalin, 6-4