Men's Tennis Ends with SJU, Cornell, Columbia

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will close out the 2015 slate this week with one final nonconference opponent before facing two Ivy League teams. The Quakers (14-8 overall, 0-5 Ivy) will host St. John’s and No. 48 Cornell at home on the Hamlin Tennis Courts on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. On Sunday, the Red and Blue will travel to New York for their season finale with No. 23 Columbia. All of the matches are set for 2 p.m.

Penn fell to both No. 35 Harvard and No. 54 Dartmouth this past weekend at home with both matches ending 5-2. Not going down without a fight, the Quakers earned the doubles point against the Crimson for the second year in a row. At No. 1, senior captain Jeremy Court and freshman Nicholai Westergaard took down the top Ivy League doubles team, defeating No. 10 Nguyen/Yeung 6-4. Junior duo Austin Kaplan and Blaine Willenborg brought it home with a tiebreaker win over Hu/Steinroeder at No. 3, 7-6. While Harvard went on to claim five straight singles matches to clinch the win, Court earned the final point for the Red and Blue with a three-set victory over No. 37 Denis Nguyen at No. 1 (6-7, 7-5, 10-4).

Against the Big Green, sophomore Matt Nardella and freshman Josh Pompan each earned points for Penn with wins at No. 4 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

The Series with St. John’s
Overall:
Penn leads, 6-3.

First Meeting: The Quakers won in 1992, 5-2.
Last Meeting:
Last year- Penn fell to St. John’s, 5-2.
Last Penn Win: In 2013 at St. John’s, the Quakers won, 5-2.
Notables:
Out of the nine matches played, only two did not end with a 5-2 score. In 2006, Penn won 6-1; in 2011, St. John’s won 4-3.

The Series with Cornell
Overall: Penn leads the series, 43-35-1.
First Meeting: The Quakers fell to the Big Red in 1912, 5-1.
Last Meeting: Last year in New York, Penn lost to No. 52 Cornell, 4-3.
Last Penn Win: In 2009 at the ECAC Championships, the Quakers won 4-3.
Notables: Cornell currently holds six-straight wins over Penn. Four of which were 5-2 wins. (In 2009, the Quakers defeated the Big Red, 4-3, at the ECAC Championships, but lost to them later in the season, 4-3.)

The Series with Columbia
Overall: Columbia leads the series, 48-46-1.
First Meeting: The Quakers and Lions tied in 1912, 3-3.
Last Meeting: Last year at home, Penn fell to the No. 19 Lions, 4-0.
Last Penn Win: In 2006 at the ECAC Championships, the Quakers won 4-0.
Notables: Columbia has won the last nine matchups, including two wins in 2007.

ITA Rankings
On Tuesday, the ITA released its weekly rankings and for the first time this season Penn has a ranked doubles team. With their win over Harvard’s No. 1 doubles team of Nguyen/Yeung, ranked No. 10, Court and Westergaard come in on the list at No. 74.

ITA Doubles Rankings

35

19.31

Ashok Narayana

Max Schnur

Columbia University

56

11.50

Winston Lin

Mike Vermeer

Columbia University

68

9.63

Mike Vermeer

Richard Pham

Columbia University

74

9.16

Jeremy Court

Nicholai Westergaard

University of Pennsylvania

82

8.21

Lucas Hejhal

Vaidik Munshaw

St. John's University

85

7.98

Sam Fleck

Colin Sinclair

Cornell University

ITA Singles Rankings

18

29.77

Winston Lin

Columbia University

96

6.51

Dragos Ignat

Columbia University

Updated Spring Records
Doubles
Court/Nardella 1-0

Court/Podesta 3-2
Court/Spratt 0-1
Court/Westergaard 6-3
De Alwis/Nardella 2-2
De Alwis/Willenborg 3-0
Kaplan/Westergaard 2-0
Kaplan/Pompan 1-1
Kaplan/Sharp 0-1
Kaplan/Spratt 2-0
Kaplan/Westergaard 1-0
Kaplan/Willenborg 5-2
Lessen/Spratt 1-0
Nardella/Sharp 3-4
Nardella/Spratt 0-3
Nardella/Westergaard 1-1
Pompan/Sharp 0-1
Pompan/Willenborg 0-1
Sharp/Spratt 1-1
Sharp/Willenborg 0-1
Spratt/Westergaard 0-1

Singles
Jeremy Court 12-6

Vim De Alwis 3-8
Austin Kaplan 0-2
Ismael Lahlou 1-4
Zach Lessen 1-1
Matt Nardella 9-10
Nicolas Podesta 8-2
Josh Pompan 17-4
Marshall Sharp 3-5
Thomas Spratt 2-1
Nicholai Westergaard 0-5
Blaine Willenborg 12-6