PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's tennis team opened its season by taking out Drexel and Bucknell in convincing fashion Saturday afternoon at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.
The Quakers split their squad between the two matches in beating Drexel and Bucknell by matching 6-1 scores. The Red and Blue beat the Dragons by winning all three doubles matches and taking five of six singles battles.
In doubles, the No. 1 duo of Eugen Brazdil and Rob Wong won 8-4, while seniors Adam Schwartz and Justen Roth won 8-2. The freshman duo of Lucas Andreika and Gorkem Yurtseven won a tight 9-7 battle.
In singles, Brazdil won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1, while Schwartz gutted out a 7-5, 7-5 victory at No. 2. Wong and Roth also won in straight sets, while Yurtseven won in three and Andreika dropped his match in three sets.
Against Bucknell, the duo of sophomore Phil Law and freshman Jason Magnes won 8-6 and twosome of freshman Mark Milbrandt and sophomore Jason Lin earned a 9-7 victory give Penn a lead going into singles.
In singles, the Red and Blue recorded five straight set victories, and in the sixth singles senior Jeff Karsh was forced to withdraw midway through the first set due to injury. Junior Zach Gorn had one of the most impressive matches of the day, winning 6-2, 6-1.
Head Coach Nik DeVore was pleased with what he saw. "The first matches of the season are always challenging, especially when you have a lot of young players," said DeVore. "Nerves came into play a little, but once the freshmenworked through the early jitters they settled down and showed what they can do. The upperclassmen all performed competed well, winning all of their matches in straight sets - which really helped to set the tone."
The Quakers scrimmage Temple on Wednesday at 4 p.m. before squaring off against Saint Joseph's on February 3, at 4 p.m.
Eugen Brazdil / Rob Wong (Penn) def. 8-4
Jason Savage-Pollock / Nikoloz Kurdadze(DU)
Adam Schwartz / Justen Roth (Penn) def. 8-2
Manu Bajpai / Jeganathan Srinivasan (DU)
Lucas Andreika / Gorkem Yurtseven (Penn) def. 9-7
Mehdi Rhazali / Bryan Nguyen (DU)
Brazdil (Penn) def. Rhazali (DU)6-4, 6-2
Schwartz (Penn) def. Kurdadze (DU) 7-5, 7-5
Wong (Penn) def. Bajpai (DU) 6-4, 7-5
Roth (Penn) def. Savage-Pollock6-2, 6-1
Nguyen (DU) def. Andreika (Penn) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Yurtseven (Penn) def. Srinivasan (DU)6-7 (6), 6-2, 10-6
Phil Law / Jason Magnes (Penn) def. 8-6
Anton Kovic / Greg Cohenca (BU)
Mark Milbrandt / Jason Lin (Penn) def. 9-7
Evan Zimmer / Kelly Morque (BU)
Josh Katten / Clark Bogle (BU) def. 8-4
Jeff Karsh / Zach Gorn (Penn)
Law (Penn) def. Kovir (BU)6-4, 6-3
Magnes (Penn) def. Cohenca (BU) 6-1, 6-4
Lin (Penn) def. Morque (BU) 6-3, 6-1
Milbrandt (Penn) def. Bogle (BU) 6-2, 6-2
Gorn (Penn) def. Haacoe (BU) 6-2, 6-1
Katten (BU) def. Karsh (Penn) 2-5 (Retired, Injury)