Men's Tennis Hangs Tough, Defeats New Mexico State

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Looking to bounce back after a loss on Tuesday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team did just that on Thursday in a match with New Mexico State at the NM State Center. The Quakers dropped the doubles point but secured four singles points for the 4-3 win over the Aggies. With one final match to play over spring break, the Red and Blue hope to add one more win to their 12-2 record before returning to Philadelphia.

While senior captain Jeremy Court and freshman Nicholai Westergaard claimed a 6-4 win at the No. 1 doubles spot, the Aggies took the next two wins for the doubles point.

After NMSU went ahead 2-0 with a win at No. 5, the Quakers took three matches in a row for a 3-2 advantage. Claiming the first win for the Red and Blue was freshman Josh Pompan at No. 3, while junior Blaine Willenborg added the second at No. 2. Court followed with a win at No. 1. Each of the three wins came in two sets.

A win at No. 6 for the Aggies put all eyes on the No. 4 match between sophomore Matt Nardella and Liam Goldberg. After dropping set one in a tiebreak, Nardella went on to win one of his own and saved two match points in the three-set victory (6-7(5), 7-6(8), 7-5).

No. 41 Penn 4, New Mexico State 3
3/12/2015

Doubles
1. Court/Westergaard (Penn) def. Trecakov/Denele (NMSU) 6-4
2. Degardin/Baron (NMSU) def. Nardella/Spratt (Penn) 7-6(5)
3. Gonclaves/Pfister (NMSU) def. Pompan/Willenborg (Penn) 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

Singles
1. Jeremy Court (Penn) def. Strahinja Trecakov (NMSU) 7-5, 6-4
2. Blaine Willenborg (Penn) def. Paul Denele (NMSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Josh Pompan (Penn) def. Christofer Gonclaves (NMSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Matt Nardella (Penn) def. Liam Goldberg (NMSU) 6-7(5), 7-6(8), 7-5
5. Patrick Pfister (NMSU) def. Nicholai Westergaard (Penn) 6-2, 6-1
6. Germain Degardin (NMSU) def. Austin Kaplan (Penn) 6-2, 7-6(5)
Order of finish: 5, 3, 2, 1, 6, 4