CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Penn men's tennis team opened its fall schedule Friday at the Virginia Invitational, where several of the men competed in singles action. Senior Jason Pinskey, who came into the match ranked No. 59 in the nation, defeated Yoann Re of Virginia Tech 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 before falling to Damien Lacombe of VCU 6-2, 6-4.
Junior Justin Fox also opened his season with a victory, defeating Yakov Diskin of ODU in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. He later would fall to Brandon Lynch of PSU, 6-3, 6-1.
Sophomore Alex Vashin rebounded from an opening loss to Medhi Benhammou of Radford to take down Chase Helpenstein of Elon, 6-4, 6-2.
"Alex rebounded very well from his morning loss," said head coach Nik DeVore. "When he is on, he's extremely dangerous. We just have to get him to believe in himself."
The day came to a frustrating end for sophomore Adam Schwartz. After defeating Aaron Carpented of Duke 6-2 in the first set, Schwartz lost a hard-fought second set, 7-5. As the third set opened, Schwartz sprained his ankle, but chose to play on. He would lose to Carpenter 6-1.
"For most of two sets, Adam played some great tennis," DeVore said. "He tried to compete after treating his injury, but it was too hard to get him back on track. He is a good competitor."
"All of the guys are competing hard," DeVore said of the first day's action. "The fall is about bringing our team together as a unit, getting in shape, and building confidence for the ECAC Tournament and the spring season."
Play continues today as doubles mtaches commence. Pinskey and Fox will team to face a team from Penn State, while Schwartz and Jeff Karsh will take on Western Michigan and Vasin and Brandon Ogara will also be in action.