PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's tennis team dropped a tightly-contested match to the Columbia Lions on Sunday, falling 4-3. The Quakers finished their season 3-4 in the Ivy League a year after sharing the Ivy title with Columbia.
Penn fell behind early, as the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams lost, ceding the doubles point to Columbia. At No. 1, seniors Jason Pinsky and Eric Riley battled to the wire for a 9-8 victory, but it wasn't enough to claim the point.
In singles, Riley took the first victory for Penn when he secured a 6-4, 7-5 decision at No. 2. At No. 1, Jason Pinsky dropped the first set 2-6 before rebounding for a convincing three set victory, winning the final two sets 6-2, 6-3.
Playing at No. 5, sophomore Justen Roth got a third point for the Quakers when he outlasted Justin Chow for a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 victory.
After Adam Schwartz dropped a close match, the overall match came down to senior Brandon O'Gara at No. 4 and freshman Dmitry Bury at No. 6. Both fought to send their matches to three sets, but could not finish the deal.
O'Gara saw his first two sets go the distance, losing the first 6-7 before winning 7-6. He dropped the third set 6-3.
Bury won the first set, 2-6, before dropping the second 6-4. In the third set, severe cramping in his hand prevented him from serving overhand, and he ended up losing the set, 6-1.
1. Pinsky/Riley def. Wong/Borta 9-8
2.Drucker/Chow def. O'Gara/Fox8-1
3. Clemente/Urban def. Schwartz/Roth 8-3
1. Jason Pinsky def. Jon Wong, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. Eric Riley def. Mark Clemente, 6-4, 7-5
3. Bogdan Borta def. Adam Schwartz, 6-3, 6-3
4. Jared Drucker def. Brandon O'Gara, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
5. Justen Roth def. Justin Chow, 6-4, 7-6
6. Sho Matsumoto def. Dmitry Bury, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1