Men's Tennis Falls to Columbia, 5-2

NEW YORK CITY - Hicham Laalej won a three-setter and Phil Law (pictured) won in straight sets, but Penn was edged by No. 56 Columbia, 5-2, in the Big Apple on Friday.

With the loss, Penn drops to 10-11 overall and 1-5 in the Ivy League.

After dropping the doubles point to a Columbia sweep, Penn attempted to mount a comeback in singles.

The Quakers were able to climb back into the match with a win from Phil Law at No. 4. He defeated Ekin Sezgen, 7-5, 4-2, Ret. Columbia took a commanding lead with wins at No. 3 and No. 5.

Then it came down to the three-set matches, of which Penn could only win one.

Laalej won a hard-fought battle at No. 1, defeating Jonathan Wong, a 2008 first-team All-Ivy player, 7-5, 5-7, 10-8. Jonathan Boym, at No. 2, had match point in a third-set tiebreaker, but could not finish off Bogdan Borta. The Lion player won the match, 7-5, 2-6, 11-9.

Justen Roth won the first set at No. 6, but couldn't hold off Rajeev Deb-Sen, losing 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Penn is back in action on Sunday when the Red and Blue host Cornell at 2 p.m.

No. 56 Columbia def. Penn, 5-2

Doubles
1. Bogdan Borta/Mihai Nichifor (Col.) def. Hicham Laalej/Adam Schwartz (Penn), 8-3
2. Jonathan Wong/Haig Schneiderman (Col.) def. Phil Law/Justen Roth (Penn), 8-3
3. Rajeev Deb-Sen/Dan Urban (Col,) def. Jeffrey Karsh/Jason Lin (Penn), 8-2
Columbia wins point, 3-0

Singles
1. Laalej (Penn) def. Wong (Col.), 7-5, 5-7, 10-8
2. Borta (Col.) def. Jonathan Boym (Penn), 7-5, 2-6, 11-9
3. Nichifor (Col.) def. Schwartz (Penn), 6-1, 6-3
4. Law (Penn) def. Ekin Sezgen (Col.), 7-5, 4-2, Ret.
5. Schneiderman (Col.) def. Lin (Penn), 7-5, 6-2
6. Deb-Sen (Col.) def. Roth (Penn), 2-6, 6-2, 6-2