PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team began Ivy League action in style on Saturday afternoon, defeating Yale by a score of 5-2 at the Hecht Tennis Center. It is the Quakers' first victory over the Bulldogs since 2008.
Fueled by a full-on sweep of doubles, the Quakers put together four straight-set singles’ wins against the Bulldogs. The top duo of Nicholai Westergaard and Austin Kaplan (7-5), along with fellow pairs Matt Nardella and Thomas Spratt (6-3) and Dmitry Shatalin and Blaine Willenborg (6-4) were all triumphant in doubles action.
Willenborg made it two-for-two with a win at No. 5 singles, while Penn also posted wins in the top-three singles’ slots. Willenborg was a 7-5, 6-4 victor over Yale’s Dennis Wang. Freshman Kyle Mautner pulled out a second-set tiebreaker, en route to a 6-4, 7-6 (5) over Ziqi Wang at No. 1 singles. Vim De Alwis (No. 2) and Josh Pompan (No. 3) had easier times in their matches—picking up respective wins of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-0.
The Quakers are right back at it tomorrow afternoon at the Hecht Center, taking on Brown at 1 p.m.
Kyle Mautner def. Ziqi Wang, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
Vim De Alwis def. Fedor Andrienko, 6-1, 6-2
Josh Pompan def. Alex Hagermoser, 6-3, 6-0
Martin Svenning def. Matt Nardella, 6-3, 6-3
Blaine Willenborg def. Dennis Wang, 7-5, 6-4
Stefan Doehler def. Austin Kaplan, 6-4, 6-0
No. 68 Westergaard/Kaplan def. Andrienko/Doehler, 7-5
Nardella/Thomas Spratt def. Photos Photiades/Svenning, 6-3
Dmitry Shatalin/Willenborg def. Jason Brown/Hagermoser, 6-4