PHILADELPHIA It was the last match for Penn in what had been a perfect Ivy season so far: they’d beaten Harvard for the first time in 33 years, and they’d overcome Brown, last year’s co-champions who had beaten them in the playoff for an NCAA bid. The Red and Blue had cruised through the rest of the league, clinching a share of the title at home on Friday, as they beat Cornell, 6-1. All that remained between Penn and their first outright Ivy title in 36 years was a match in New York with Columbia, who, at 5-1, were the only ones left in the League who could earn a share of the title. And using home court to their advantage, that’s exactly what the Lions did, as they beat Penn, 4-2, forcing the Quakers to share their championship title yet again.
The Lions’ momentum began early, as they dominated the Red and Blue in doubles. Justin Fox and Brandon O'Gara were the first to fall, as they lost 8-2 in the No. 3 spot to Mark Clemente and Jonathan Wong. Juniors Jason Pinsky and Eric Riley were next, as they lost to Marty Moore and Paul Ratchford, 8-4 in the No. 1 spot. Columbia had already won the doubles point, but made it a clean sweep, as Jared Drucker and Justin Chow beat Jonathan Boym and Mikhail Bekker in the No. 2 spot, 8-6.
With the doubles point under their belt, and a large group of Columbia fans cheering them on, the Lions continued to find success in singles. Bekker, at No. 3, was the first to lose, as Wong beat him 6-3, 6-1. Next was Justin Fox, who lost at No. 5 to Paul Ratchford, 6-4, 6-0. Just five seconds later, the Lions clinched the win, as Chow beat freshman Alex Vasin at No. 6, 6-1, 6-2. Despite the fact that the match was over, the Quakers didn’t give up. Pinsky won his match at No. 1, beating Clemente 6-2, 6-3, and Boym beat Drucker at No. 2, 6-4, 6-2. Junior Joseph Lok, who was taking on Marty Moore at No. 4, did not get to finish his match as both coaches agreed to suspend play, with the score standing at 6-7, 3-2 (DNF).
With the loss, the Quakers finished the regular season at 12-12 overall, and 6-1 in the Ivy League. Columbia improved to 15-4 overall, and 6-1 in the league. The co-champions will face off in a playoff match to determine who will represent the Ancient Eight at NCAAs. The match time and place is to be determined.
COLUMBIA 4, PENN 2
1. Marty Moore/Paul Ratchford (C) def. Jason Pinsky/Eric Riley (P), 8-4
2. Jared Drucker/Justin Chow (C) def. Jonathan Boym/Mikhail Bekker (P), 8-6
3. Mark Clemente/Jonathan Wong (C) def. Justin Fox/Brandon O'Gara (P), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Jason Pinsky (P) def. Mark Clemente(C), 6-2, 6-3
2. Jonathan Boym (P) def. Jared Drucker (C), 6-4, 6-2
3. Jonathan Wong, (C) def. Mikhail Bekker (P), 6-3, 6-1
4. Marty Moore (C) vs. Joseph Lok (P), 6-7, 3-2, DNF
5. Paul Ratchford (C) def. Justin Fox (P), 6-4, 6-0
6. Justin Chow (C) def. Alex Vasin (P), 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 5, 6*, 1, 2, 4