PHILADELPHIA - Yale won the top four singles matches, as well as the doubles point, to down Penn 5-2 at the Hamlin Tennis Center on Saturday. The loss was the Quakers' third in a row and they fall to 8-7 on the season and 0-2 in the conference. Yale earns its first win in Ivy play and improves to 12-6 overall.
Though it was a nice afternoon, the players had to battle the wind as much as they had to battle their opponents. Freshman Jeremy Court and sophomore Zach Katz were the only two Quakers to win both their singles and doubles matches. The duo were the only Penn pairing to win in doubles, triumphing at No. 3, 8-4, and improving to 7-2 (2-0 in the Ivies) together at No. 3 this spring.
At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Nikola Kocovic and Ivan Turudic held their own in the early going against the 67th-ranked doubles team of Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers. Unfortunately, Hoffman and Powers were too much in the end, winning by the same 8-4 margin. The doubles point came down to No. 2 doubles, where the Bulldogs pair of John Huang and Patrick Chase broke Rob Wong and Jason Lin to earn the 8-6 victory and give Yale a 1-0 lead.
The Quakers kept pace with the Bulldogs throughout the singles matches. Court gave the Red and Blue its first point of the day with an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 5 to extend his personal winning streak to six. The freshman has only dropped one match in his last 12 and improves his record to 18-5 overall.
Meanwhile, his doubles partner Katz came up solid at the No. 6 slot, defeating his opponent by a score of 7-5, 6-3. With that match settled, the Bulldogs were up in the team score 3-2, and the match came down to a pair of three-setters at No. 1 and No. 4 singles.
At No. 4, Wong won a tight first set, 7-5, before Yale's Erik Blumenkranz took the second set, 6-3. It was just the opposite on the first court, where #118 Marc Powers won the first set 7-5, before Turudic came back in the second set, 6-4, to force a third.
Things weren't looking good for Wong as he was quickly down a double break, 0-3, in the third set. With his opponent leading 5-2 and serving for the match, Wong fought back to within 5-4, but it was too little, too late as Blumenkranz closed out the match 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the victory for the Bulldogs.
Soon thereafter, Powers prevailed over Turudic to make the final 5-2 to Yale. It was on serve in the third set until Powers broke at three-games all and never looked back from there, winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
The Quakers look to put the loss behind them as they host the visiting Brown Bears tomorrow. Doubles will begin at 2 p.m., followed by singles at 3 p.m.
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
1. Hoffman/Powers (Yale) def. Kocovic/Turudic (Penn), 8-4
2. Huang/Patrick Chase (Yale) def. Wong/Jason Lin (Penn), 8-6
3. Katz/Court (Penn) def. Blumenkranz/Joel Samaha (Yale), 8-4
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 3, 6, 4, 1
1. Marc Powers (Yale) def. Ivan Turudic (Penn), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
2. John Huang (Yale) def. Nikola Kocovic (Penn), 6-2, 6-1
3. Daniel Hoffman (Yale) def. Phil Law (Penn), 6-1, 6-4
4. Erik Blumenkranz (Yale) def. Rob Wong (Penn), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
5. Jeremy Court (Penn) def. Kyle Dawson (Yale), 6-2, 6-2
6. Zach Katz (Penn) def. Zachary Krumholz (Yale), 7-5, 6-3