PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will host Drexel, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, and Villanova on Saturday at the Levy Tennis Pavilion for the Philadelphia City 6 Tournament. The first of an expected annual event, the tournament will kick off the spring season for the Quakers. Each team will play at least two matches and action is set to begin at 9 a.m.
“I thought reviving a Philly city tournament would be a good way to kick off the season,” said the Albert G. Molloy Head Coach of Men’s Tennis, David Geatz. “I hope it will grow into a premier event and provide our athletes with great competition.”
After fall successes, each of the teams competing this weekend has high hopes for what the spring season will bring.
In the final matches of the fall season, Drexel overcame both Saint Peter’s and Rider in near blowout performances. The Dragon’s 7-0 triumph over Rider included an impressive win by Alex Fioravante, a senior who qualified for both singles and doubles at the ITA Northeast Regionals. Drexel finished 2-0 in head-to-head matches for the fall season.
La Salle senior Thomas MacLeod found success in his singles play at the first day of the Saint Joseph’s Invitational, as he overcame a Loyola player 6-3, 2-6, 10-5. Tough losses for La Salle followed but the Explorers’ undeterred energy helped conclude the fall season with a 4-3 win over Saint Peter’s.
The Wildcats won 18 out of the 23 matches in the first round of the 4th Annual Villanova Invitational. The doubles team of junior Chris Seitz and sophomore Bradley Noyes earned an 8-0 victory over a pair from Chestnut Hill and later qualified for the main doubles draw at the ITA Regional Championships. They won their first round 8-6 but dropped the second round 8-1.
The Owls carried energy from a win against St. Bonaventure at the September Navy Invitational through the following weeks. Temple sent five players to compete in the singles qualifying draws at the ITA Atlantic Championship, where Nicolas Paulus and Santiago Canete both advanced to the main draw.
Saint Joseph’s sent four singles players and four doubles teams to the ITA Atlantic Regional Championships. Senior duo Pierre Brondeau and Mike Fallone advanced to the second round before falling to a pair from the University of Virginia. Brondeau finished last year’s spring season 15-12, consistently competing at either the number one or two spots for the Hawks.
Penn’s freshmen class had a strong showing in the fall. Freshman Josh Pompan recorded the most wins in singles with a record of 7-2, while freshman Nicolas Podesta played doubles for the first time in his career. He was paired up with veteran senior captain Jeremy Court and the duo finished with a 3-1 record. Junior Austin Kaplan and sophomore Thomas Spratt also went 3-1 in doubles.
Before Saturday’s matches, La Salle and Drexel will play each other to determine who plays in the first match with Penn at 9 a.m. Temple and Villanova will also face-off early for a chance to take the court on Saturday with Saint Joseph’s at 11 a.m. The winners of each match will play at 2 p.m., while the other two teams will take the court at 4 p.m. The match for 5thand 6th place will follow at 6 p.m.