Men's Tennis Falls to No. 25 Columbia, 5-1

PHILADELPHIA – In the penultimate Ivy match of the season, the University of Pennsylvania lost to No. 25 Columbia on Sunday afternoon by a score of 5-1 at the Hamlin Tennis Center. The victory for the Lions wrapped up an undefeated 7-0 Ivy slate, and an outright conference title. The Quakers move to 2-4 in the Ivy League, and will cap off 2016 against Princeton next weekend.

Columbia jumped out to a 1 -0 lead after winning a highly contested doubles point. The Quakers posted a victory in the No. 2 slot, as Blaine Willenborg and Matt Nardella gutted out a tiebreaker win. The Quakers’ top duo of Austin Kaplan and Nicholai Westergaard also found themselves in a tiebreak, but fell to Columbia’s pair of Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski. In another close match, freshman Kyle Mautner and senior Vim De Alwis fell at No.3 doubles by a score of 7-5.

Willenborg followed his doubles’ triumph with a win in singles as well. The senior notched Penn’s lone point with a 6-2, 1-6, 4-3 (8-6) victory over Richard Pham at No. 5. Penn’s top-two singles players, De Alwis and Mautner, were also in a pair of tight matches. Mautner fell in a third-set super-tiebreaker to No. 77 Shawn Hadavi, 10-2, while De Alwis’ match went unfinished at the beginning of the third set.

Up Next
The Quakers wrap up their season with a matchup against Princeton next Saturday (1 p.m.) at the Hamlin Tennis Center.

Full Results (Columbia 5, Penn 1)
Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski (C) def. No. 79 Austin Kaplan/Nicholai Westergaard (P), 7-6
Blaine Willenborg/Matt Nardella (P) def. Shawn Hadavi/Victor Pham (C), 7-6
Christopher Grant/Richard Pham (C) def. Kyle Mautner/Vim De Alwis (P), 7-5
No. 77 Hadavi def. Mautner, 7-5, 3-6, 10-2
De Alwis v. V. Pham, 6-4, 1-6, DNF
Vermeer def. Josh Pompan, 6-2, 6-2
Eric Rubin def. Nardella, 6-3, 6-1
Willenborg def. R. Pham, 6-2, 1-6, 4-3 (8-6)
Miguel Alda def. Ismael Lahlou, 6-3, 6-4