PHILADELPHIA -The Penn men's tennis team has three more matches before their trip out to California for spring break, however, they'll have to focus efforts on Wednesday as they take on a tough Navy team at 4 p.m. in the Levy Tennis Pavilion.
The 6-0 Quakers recorded back-to-back 7-0 sweeps for the first time this season, beating Fordham on Wednesday and then defeating Stony Brook last Saturday. Despite what the score indicates, the Seawolves provided tough competition and the win required a total team effort.
The Red and Blue captured all three doubles matches, including freshmen Ivan Turudic and Zach Katz's dominating 8-1 performance at No. 2 doubles, and did not drop a set in singles. Junior Phil Law and freshman Nikola Kocovic quickly took care of their opponents 6-2, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively. Turudic was also impressive at No. 2 singles, getting out to a slow start, but finishing strong, 7-5, 6-2. Another good sign for the Quakers was sophomore Jason Magnes coming out triumphant at No. 6 singles, 7-5, 7-6 (3).
Navy (7-3) presents a big challenge for the Quakers. Two of the team's three losses were to nationally ranked opponents, including then No. 20 ranked North Carolina who handed the Midshipmen their first loss of the season. Most recently, they fell 7-0 to No. 75 William and Mary this past Sunday. Navy's Zach Nicholson was able to push his opponent to three sets, which was decided in a super-tiebreaker, but ultimately came up short 4-6, 6-2, 0-1 (7-10). Junior Marcus Rebersak ranked No. 125 nationally coming into the spring, but is only 4-4 in dual matches in 2011.
Last year the Quakers traveled to Annapolis to battle the Midshipmen on their home courts. It was a close battle, with Penn coming out on top 4-3. The Red and Blue were up 3-0 early after winning the doubles point and Jason Lin defeated Jeremy New at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-2 and Jason Magnes defeated Zach Nicholson at No. 5, 6-4, 6-4. Phil Law clinched the win for the Quakers, pulling out a tough 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) victory over Anderson Walls at No. 3.