Men's Tennis Opens Ivy Play with 5-2 Victory Over Princeton

Princeton, N.J. - The University of Pennsylvania men's tennis team, ranked 65th in the nation, opened the Ivy League season with a 5-2 victory over Princeton on Friday afternoon at the Lenz Tennis Center. It was the first time that any current member of the Penn team has been involved in a team defeat of the Tigers.

Penn opened the match by taking the doubles point. David Lynn and Mikhail Bekker started things off for the Quakers (13-3, 1-0 Ivy), winning at No. 1 doubles, 8-5. Anthony Pu and Tas Tobias fell in the second position, 8-6, but Todd Lecher and Brandon O'Gara took the third match, 9-8(4), to earn the point.

The Quakers continued their hot streak going into singles play, with Bekker defeating Josh Burman, 6-3, 7-5 in the first position. Lynn won at No. 2, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 and Justin Lavner fell in the third slot, 6-1, 6-4. At No. 4, Tobias fell to Hans Plukas, 6-4, 7-5, while Lecher won his 15th singles match of the dual meet season, 6-3, 6-7, 1-0(5), in the fifth position. Jimmy Fairbanks closed out the match with a 6-1, 7-6(5) win at No. 6.

Penn is next in action on Friday, April 8 when they travel to Yale for a 2 p.m. start.

Complete Results
No. 65 Penn 5, No. 75 Princeton 2

#1: David Lynn/Mikhail Bekker, Penn, def. Andrew Lieu/Hans Plukas, Prin, 8-5
#2: Josh Burman/Sratha Saengsuwarn, Prin, def. Anthony Pu/Tas Tobias, Penn, 8-6
#3: Todd Lecher/Brandon O'Gara, Penn, def. Darius Craton/Ted Mabrey, Prin, 9-8 (4)

#1: Bekker, Penn, def. Burman, Prin, 6-3, 7-5
#2 Lynn, Penn, def. Craton, Prin, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
#3 Saengsuwarn, Prin, def. Justin Lavner, Penn, 6-1, 6-4
#4 Plukas, Prin, def. Tobias, Penn, 6-4, 7-5
#5 Lecher, Penn, def. Lieu, Prin, 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (5)
#6 James Fairbanks, Penn, def. Shannon Morales, Prin, 6-1, 7-6 (5)