PHILADELPHIA - Penn lost the doubles point and two of the first three singles matches in falling to Binghamton 4-3 on Wednesday at the Lott Courts.
The Quakers' loss was their second straight and drops them to 10-4 on the year. Against a tough Bearcat squad, the Red and Blue were unable to capture the all important doubles point as they lost two of three doubles matches.
Penn's lone victory in doubles came at No. 2, where sophomore Phil Law and freshman Jason Magnes won 8-3. The Quakers lost their other two doubles matches in close battles, 9-8 at No. 1 and 8-6 at No. 3.
In singles, Eugen Brazdil won his third straight at No. 1, defeating the region's top ranked player, Sven Vloedgraven, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Penn's other two wins in singles came at No. 5 and 6, where Magnes and senior Justen Roth needed three sets to defeat their opponents. Magnes won 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 while Roth took his match 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.
"We really had our chances in this one," said head coach Nik DeVore. "We had two match points at No. 1 doubles which would have made the difference because we had already won at No. 2 doubles. The guys all fought hard in singles with four of the six matches going three sets and transfer Eugen Brazdil played his best match of the season - taking down Sven Vloedgraven."
The Quakers return to the court on Saturday when they host Princeton in the Ivy League opener for both teams, with doubles action beginning at 2 p.m.
1. Vloedgraven/Wong (B) def. Brazdil/Wong 9-8
2. Law/Magnes (P) def. Haggai/Levy 8-3
3. Bornkessel/Devos (B) def. Schwartz/Roth 8-6
1. Brazdil (P) def. Vloedgraven 7-6, 6-3
2. Wong (B) def. Schwartz 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Levy (B) def. Law 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Jain (B) def. Lin 6-1, 6-2
5. Magnes (P) def. Haggai 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. Roth (P) def. Devos 5-7, 7-5, 7-5