PHILADELPHIA - The men's tennis team will see its first action under new head coach David Geatz this weekend at the annual Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J. Penn and Princeton will be joined in the tournament by Binghamton, Buffalo, Columbia, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, Penn State, St. John's and Yale. Doubles matches will kick things off Friday morning at 9 a.m., followed by singles at 12:30 p.m.
Penn has nine total entrants into the singles draw, including the sole freshmen on the team, Jeremy Court, who will be playing in his first collegiate match for the Red and Blue. In addition, Penn will enter four pairings into the doubles draw.
Senior Eugen Brazdil will represent the Quakers in the Flight A singles bracket. Last year, Brazdil also participated at the Princeton Invitational, losing to Yale's Marc Powers in the semifinals. Coincidentally, Brazdil and Powers will face off against each other in the first round of this year's tournament. Brazdil also partnered with current junior Lucas Andreika in the Flight A doubles draw last year and made it all the way to the finals before falling to the doubles pair from Penn State.
In Flight B singles will be fellow senior and this year's captain, Phil Law, and sophomore Nikola Kocovic. Law finished the 2010-11 season with 18 wins overall, tied for second-most on the team. He was only bested by Kocovic, who had an impressive 21 total wins in his freshmen campaign, going 8-3 in the fall and 13-5 in the spring.
Junior Mark Milbrandt and sophomore Zach Katz will play in the Flight C singles draw. Milbrandt went 8-3 overall last year, including 6-2 during the fall. Katz also had a 6-2 record last fall, including winning the Flight 1 singles title at the SJU Fall Invitational. He is the only Quaker who will not be playing both singles and doubles this weekend. Katz was a second-team All-Ivy performer in doubles last season, primarily partnering with classmate Ivan Turudic. The duo had 20 wins together and just seven losses, highlighted by winning two tournaments last fall, finishing with a 10-1 record.
Joining newcomer Jeremy Court in Flight D singles is junior Rob Wong. Wong returns to the team after not participating in the spring season last year. He went 4-2 last fall, and during his freshmen year with the Quakers, he had a 5-3 record overall. As a freshmen, he saw some playing time at No. 1 doubles with Brazdil, and ended with an 8-10 record in doubles.
Finishing off the singles entrants for Penn in the Flight E draw will be sophomore Kyle Roth and junior Lucas Andreika. Both players did not see much action last year but managed a 3-2 and 2-2 record overall, respectively. Besides Brazdil, Andreika is the only other player entered in the tournament this year who also participated last year.
The doubles teams will consist of Brazdil/Law and Milbrandt/Kocovic in the Flight A bracket and Wong/Court and Andreika/Roth in Flight B. Brazdil and Law previously partnered together during the 2009-10 season, going 7-3 at the No. 1 spot.
The Princeton Invitational will start on Friday and continue through Sunday. Recaps can be found nightly on PennAthletics.com.
Player by Player breakdown:
Eugen Brazdil - Flight A:
vs. Marc Powers (Yale)
Phil Law - Flight B:
vs. Damien David (Buffalo)
Nikola Kocovic - Flight B:
vs. Danny Riggs (Cornell)
Mark Milbrandt - Flight C:
vs. Dan Richardson (Princeton)
Zach Katz - Flight C:
vs. Bert Vancura (Columbia)
Jeremy Court - Flight D:
vs. Theodore Marin (Columbia)
Rob Wong - Flight D:
Vs. Rajeev Deb-Sen (Columbia)
Kyle Roth - Flight E:
vs. Ben Quazzo (Princeton)
Lucas Andreika - Flight E:
vs. Matt Saiontz (Yale)
Eugen Brazdil/Phil Law - Flight A:
vs. Schneiderman/Schnur (Columbia)
Mark Milbrandt/Nikola Kocovic - Flight A:
vs. Hauk/Kallen (St. John's)
Lucas Andreika/Kyle Roth - Flight B:
vs. Faierman/Krumholz (Yale)
Rob Wong/Jeremy Court - Flight B:
vs. Deb-Sen/Laster (Columbia)