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.