Men's Tennis Falters, 4-3, Against Dartmouth

PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers' comeback was too little too late as they failed to capture the all important doubles point and Dartmouth charged to the 4-3 victory on Sunday at the Lott Tennis Courts.

The loss drops Penn to 1-4 in the Ivy League while Dartmouth levels its record in the conference at 2-2. In doubles, neither team could get any separation in the three matches as they all came down to the wire. First to finish were the second doubles, with Penn's freshmen tandem of Zach Katz and Ivan Turudic picking up their 20th win overall as a pair in the 2010-11 season. Their 8-6 score was the only doubles match to not go into a tiebreaker.

After freshman Nikola Kocovic and sophomore Mark Milbrandt faltered in their tiebreak 7-2 to lose at No. 3 doubles, the deciding point came down to the No. 1 pair. Senior captain Hicham Laalej and junior Eugen Brazdil had a match point opportunity at 6-5 in their tiebreak, but lost the next three points, giving Dartmouth the 9-8(8-6) victory and the doubles point.

The Big Green quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead, winning at No. 5 and No. 6 singles by matching 6-2, 6-1 scores. At No. 2 singles, freshman Ivan Turudic had multiple chances in the first set tiebreaker to go up one set to nothing. However, he could not capitalize on them, allowing Dartmouth's Xander Centenari to win 10-8 in the tiebreaker. After no breaks of serve in the first set, Centenari got a break in the second and did not look back, defeating Turudic 7-6(10-8), 6-3. With the win, the Big Green went up 4-0 in the team score, ruining Penn's chances of pulling off any comeback victory.

Despite defeat being assured, the Red and Blue didn't give up and fought to win the remaining three singles matches. After losing a tough struggle the previous day versus his Harvard opponent, Laalej rebounded nicely against Michael Laser to win 6-2, 6-2 for his 16th win overall. Likewise, Kocovic bounced back to win a hard fought 7-5, 7-5 battle at the No. 4 spot with his team leading 20th victory in singles.

Junior Phil Law was the only Quaker to go 2-0 on the weekend. After falling 6-1 in the first set, Law stormed back in the second to take it 6-4 and evened the sets at one all. With the team win already decided, Law and his opponent Stephen Greif played a 10-point super tiebreaker. Law cruised 10-2 for his 17th victory in singles overall and also picked up his third straight win in the Ivies.

The Quakers are next at home on Friday, April 15th, which will also be their last home match of the season. They will host currently ranked No. 46 Cornell at 2 p.m.

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Laser/Centenari (D) def. Laalej/Eugen Brazdil (P), 9-8(6)
2. Zach Katz/Turudic (P) def. Roby/Greif (D), 8-6
3. Alex de Chatellus/Ghorbani (D) def. Kocovic/Mark Milbrandt (P), 9-8(2)

Order of Finish: 5, 6, 2, 1, 4, 3
1. Hicham Laalej (P) def. Michael Laser (D), 6-2, 6-2
2. Xander Centenari (D) def. Ivan Turudic (P), 7-6(8), 6-3
3. Phil Law (P) def. Curtis Roby (D), 1-6, 6-4, 10-2
4. Nikola Kocovic (P) def. Brandon DeBot (D), 7-5. 7-5
5. Chris Ho (D) def. Jason Lin (P), 6-1, 6-2
6. Stephen Greif (D) def. Jason Magnes (P), 6-1, 6-2