Penn State was first to strike, winning the No. 2 doubles 6-1. However, junior captain Vim De Alwis and sophomore Matt Nardella added a victory of their own at No. 3, 6-2. Senior captain Jeremy Court and Podesta then gave the Red and Blue the doubles point with their 7-5 victory at the No. 1 spot.
Nardella then gave Penn a 2-0 lead after defeating Roman Trkulja, for a second year in a row. Last year at No. 4 Nardella defeated Trkulja in three sets, and only needed two this year, winning 6-4 6-4 at No. 4 again.
The Nittany Lions won the next two points at No. 2 and No. 3 to even the score, but the Quakers took over from there on out.
After winning the first set 6-2 at No. 1, Podesta dropped the second set to Leonard Stakhovsky. The two began a decisive third set with Podesta prevailing, 6-4.
It came down to the two bottom singles flights as Pompan played at No. 5 and junior Blaine Willenborg at No. 6. Pompan fell in the first set to Aws Laaribi and battled through the second set to win 7-5. Up 4-0 in the third set, Laaribi retired, giving Pompan the win and the Red and Blue the overall victory. Willenborg capped off the victory over the nationally ranked opponent with a win of his own.
Penn will be back in action on this coming weekend, when the Quakers host Furman on Friday at 3 p.m. and then William & Mary on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Penn 5, No. 16 Penn State 2
Podesta/Court (Penn) def. Reilly/Stakhovsky (PSU) 7-5
Barry/Fennell (PSU) def. Kaplan/Sharp (Penn) 6-1
De Alwis/Nardella (Penn) def. Laaribi/Trkulja (PSU) 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
Nicolas Podesta (Penn) def. Leonard Stakhovky (PSU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Alex Fennell (PSU) def. Vim De Alwis (Penn) 6-3, 6-3
Matt Barry (PSU) def. Jeremy Court (Penn) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
Matt Nardella (Penn) def. Roman Trkulja (PSU) 6-4, 6-4
Josh Pompan (Penn) def. Aws Laaribi (PSU) 2-6, 7-5, 4-0 retired
Blaine Willenborg (Penn) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)
Order of finish: 4, 2, 3, 1, 5, 6
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