PHILADELPHIA – After dropping three close doubles matches, the No. 51 University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team came back strong in singles and defeated Furman, 5-2, Friday evening in the Hecht Tennis Center. The Quakers won four straight singles matches to clinch the victory over the Paladins. The Red and Blue return to Hecht tomorrow to host William & Mary. Action is set to begin at 3 p.m.
After all three doubles wrapped up, anticipation was running high as Penn began singles down 1-0. However, the Quakers erased any doubts after winning four straight matches and clinched the match at 4-1. Senior captain Jeremy Court was the first one to finish, defeating Luke Horst at No. 3 (6-3, 6-4). Fellow captain, junior Vim De Alwis was next to finish, giving Penn its second point with a two-set win at No. 2 (7-5, 6-3). Junior Blaine Willenborg also only needed two sets to defeat his opponent at No. 6 and freshman Nicolas Podesta sealed the victory at No. 1 (6-2, 6-4).
Sophomore Matt Nardella and freshman Josh Pompan finished playing out their matches. Nardella fought in a tough match at No. 4 but fell in three, while Pompan won the tiebreaker 10-2 for the fifth point.
Penn 5, Furman 2
Browne/Horst (Furman) defeated Podesta/Court (Penn) 6-4
Steryous/Green (Furman) defeated Pompan/Sharp (Penn) 7-6
Behal/Rhodes (Furman) defeated De Alwis/Nardella 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
Nicolas Podesta (Penn) defeated Adam Steryous (Furman) 6-2, 6-4
Vim De Alwis (Penn) defeated Matt Browne (Furman) 7-5, 6-3
Jeremy Court (Penn) defeated Ben Horst (Furman) 6-3, 6-4
Cameron Green (Furman) defeated Matt Nardella (Penn) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Josh Pompan (Penn) defeated Jacob Behal (Furman) 7-6, 4-6, 10-2
Blaine Willenborg (Penn) defeated Juan Sheppard (Furman) 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 6, 1, 4, 5