PHILADELPHIA - The men's tennis team returns to competition this weekend at the Columbia Invitational, to take place at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in New York City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Penn will join a field of 10 schools participating in the event and includes Ivy rival Princeton as well as the host Lions.
A smaller contingent of Quakers will be making this trip, as the tournament features just three singles and three doubles draws. Zach Katz and Ivan Turudic will represent the Red and Blue in the A Draw of singles, Katz taking on Nathaniel Gery of Columbia for the second time this fall, having teamed up with Turudic to defeat Gery in doubles at the USTA College Invitational two weeks ago by an 8-5 margin. Turudic will face Amherst's Andrew Scheiner in the bottom half of the bracket. Both Katz and Turudic could conceivably face the top two seeds in Saturday's quarterfinals.
In the B Draw, Rob Wong and Lucas Andreika face a pair from Princeton. Wong, who has a 1-1 mark versus Princeton opposition this season, will take on Michael Lin, and Andreika will square off with Coleman Crutchfield. The C Draw will feature the fall debut of Jason Lin, taking on Mark Hemy of Fairleigh Dickinson. In the upper half of that flight, Kyle Roth (3-3 on the season) looks to bump his record above .500 when he faces Matty Najfeld of St. John's.
In doubles, the second-seeded team of Katz and Turudic will try to re-create the chemistry they displayed on their way to a runner-up finish at the USTA's, taking on Matt Himmelsbach and Matteo Guidici of Marist in the A Draw. In Flight B, Andreika and Wong will team up for the first time this season and face Dan Sauter and Dennis Zlobinsky of Fairfield. Wong has turned in a 6-1 record in doubles so far this season while paired with Jeremy Court and Eugen Brazdil. Another team from Marist, Joe Dube and Dalen Klassen, awaits the tandem of Jason Lin and Kyle Roth in Draw C.
Zach Katz vs. Nathaniel Gery (Columbia)
Ivan Turudic vs. Andrew Scheiner (Amherst)
Lucas Andreika vs. Coleman Crutchfield (Princeton)
Rob Wong vs. Michael Lin (Princeton)
Jason Lin vs. Mark Hemy (Fairleigh Dickinson)
Kyle Roth vs. Matty Najfeld (St. John's)
(2)Katz/Turudic vs. Himmelsbach/Guidici (Marist)
Andreika/Wong vs. Sauter/Zlobinsky (Fairfield)
Lin/Roth vs. Dube/Klassen (Marist)
Download: 2011 columbia classic draw.pdf