Men's Tennis Opens the Spring With a Pair of Wins


PHILADELPHIA -
The Quakers got victories from everyone in the lineup, beating Drexel 6-1 and Villanova 7-0 on Saturday at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.

In the opening match of the day the Red and Blue took care of Drexel 6-1, winning the doubles point and earning victories in five of six singles matches. The doubles duo of senior Hicham Laalej and junior Eugen Brazdil won 8-5 while the team of sophomore Mark Milbrandt and Zach Gorn also came out on top, 8-3.

Laalej also won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, while Brazdil dropped his match. Gorn (No. 5) and Milbrandt (No. 6) took their respective matches 7-5, 6-7, 10-8 and 6-0, 6-0. The Quakers' other singles victories came from junior Phil Law and freshman Nikola Kocovic. Law won at No. 3, 6-3, 6-0 while Kocovic didn't give up a point in his 6-0, 6-0 victory.

Facing Villanova in the second match of the day, Penn came out strong early with a pair of doubles victories. Law and Kocovic won 8-4 while the freshmen tandem of Zach Katz and Ivan Turudic also took their match 8-4.

In singles Turudic was on his game, silencing Rafael Santiago 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1. Jason Lin had little trouble at No. 2, winning 6-2, 6-2 and sophomore Jason Magnes followed suit with a 6-1-6-2 decision at No. 3. Katz was dominant in the first set at No. 4, 6-0, but struggled before prevailing 7-5 in the second.

Sophomore Lucas Andreika earned a hard-fought victory at No. 5, 6-4, 7-5, and freshman Kyle Roth gave Penn the 7-0 sweep with the decisive 6-2, 6-2 win.

The 2-0 Quakers return to the court on Wednesday when they host Temple at 4 p.m. at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.

Drexel
Singles
Hicham Laalej (P) def. Nikoloz Kurdadze (D) 6-1, 6-2
Manu Bajpai (D) def. Eugen Brazdil (P) 6-2, 6-4
Phil Law (P) def. Bryan Nguyen (D) 6-3, 6-0
Nikola Kocovic (P) def. Skyler Davis (D) 6-0, 6-0
Zach Gorn (P) def. Mehdi Rhazali (D) 7-5, 6-7, 10-8
Mark Milbrandt (P) def. Joey Wayne (D) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles
Laalej/Brazdil (P) def. Kurdadze/Bajpai (D) 8-5
S. Davis/Nguyen (D) def. Law Kocovic (P) 8-6
Milbrandt/Gorn (P) def. Rhazali/Wayne 8-3

Villanova
Singles
Ivan Turudic (P) def. Rafael Santiago (V) 6-0, 6-0
Jason Lin (P) vs. David Shaheen (V) (6-2, 6-2
Jason Magnes (P) vs. Thomas O'Brien (V) 6-1, 6-2
Zach Katz (P) vs. Trenton Alenik (V) 6-0, 7-5
Lucas Andreika (P) vs. Ryan Peyton (V) 6-4, 7-5
Kyle Roth (P) vs. Matt Colonnese (V) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles
Katz/Turudic (P) def. Santiago/John Drosick (V) 8-4
Law/Kocovic (P) def. Shaheen/Colonnese (V) 8-4
Alenik/O'Brien (V) def. Andreika/Roth (P) 8-7