PHILADELPHIA – Some changes in the lineup didn’t do much to help Penn against their second North Carolina team in three days. On Friday, the No. 64 men’s tennis team lost to No. 12 Duke, 7-0, and today, they fell to No. 38 North Carolina State, 7-0.
In doubles, seniors Mikhail Bekker and Joseph Lok lost to Nick Cavaday and Ben Zink, 8-0 in the No. 1 spot. Sophomore Justin Fox and junior Jason Pinsky didn’t have a much better time in the No. 2 spot, as they lost 8-3 to James McGee and Jay Weinacker. And freshman Adam Schwartz and junior Brandon O'Gara fell in the No. 3 spot, 8-3, to William Noblitt and Christian Welte.
Wins in all six singles’ spots sealed the victory for the Wolf Pack. Pinsky lost to Cavaday in the top spot, 7-6(3), 6-0. Bekker fell at No. 2, to McGee, 6-3, 6-1. Noblitt beat Fox in the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 6-0, and Weinacker beat Lok in the No. 4 spot, 6-2, 6-4. O’Gara’s loss in the No. 5 spot came at the hands of Andre Iriate, who won 6-4, 6-1. The closest Penn came to a win was freshman Schwartz’s match in the No. 6 spot. Despite losing to Welte in the first set, 4-6, he battled back in the second set to win, 6-4. Even the tiebreaker was a fight to the end, as Schwartz ended up losing 1-0 (10-6).
With the loss, the Quakers fell to 1-4 so far this season, while N.C. State remained undefeated at 6-0.
Things won’t get any easier for the Quakers, as they will travel to the National Indoor Championships next weekend in Chicago. In the first round, they will face their highest ranked opponent of the year, No. 1 Georgia, at noon on Friday, Feb. 16.
No. 38 NC State def. No. 64 Pennsylvania, 7-0
1. Cavaday/Zink def. M. Bekker/J. Lok (UP), 8-0
2. McGee/Weinacker def. J. Fox/J. Pinsky (UP), 8-3
3. Noblitt/Welte def. A. Schwartz/B. O’Gara (UP), 8-3
1. Cavaday def. J. Pinsky (UP), 7-6 (3), 6-0
2. McGee def. M. Bekker (UP), 6-3, 6-1
3. Noblitt def. J. Fox (UP), 6-3, 6-0
4. Weinacker def. J. Lok (UP), 6-2, 6-4
5. Iriarte def. B. O’Gara (UP), 6-4, 6-1
6. Welte def. A. Schwartz (UP), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)