Men's Tennis Puts Away No. 16 Penn State, 5-2

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Tied at 2-2 with No. 16 Penn State, freshmen Nicolas Podesta and Josh Pompan provided clutch points for the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team on Sunday morning at the Indoor Tennis Center. Podesta gave the Red and Blue a 3-2 advantage at No. 1 and Pompan sealed the deal at No. 5, as the Quakers went on to defeat the Nittany Lions on the road, 5-2. Penn (3-0) now leads the overall series with PSU 37-14. The last time the Quakers started the spring with a 3-0 record was back in 2011, with the first three victories coming against Drexel (6-1), Villanova (6-1), and Temple (4-3).

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

Download: PSU-Penn Box 2-1-15.pdf