PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team will escape the impending snowstorm this weekend, as they jet set out West to Seattle for a pair of dual matches. The Quakers will take on East Tennessee State on Saturday (2 p.m.), followed by a matchup with the University of Washington on Sunday (noon).
Penn is coming off its first dual match win of the season last Saturday at the Hecht Tennis Center. The Quakers swept Navy, taking all doubles matches and dropping just two sets in singles’ action.
Nicholai Westergaard and Austin Kaplan (No. 1), along with Kyle Mautner and Josh Pompan (No. 3) were especially dominant in doubles, registering triumphs of 6-1 and 6-2 respectively. Matt Nardella and Thomas Spratt rounded out the sweep with a 7-5 win at No. 2 doubles.
In singles action, the Quakers put together straight-set victories at the No. 2-5 positions. Nardella dropped just a single game in a win at No. 3 over Aries Wong, while Westergaard was a 6-1, 6-1 victor over Andrey Majkic at No. 4. Senior Zach Lessen (No. 5) and Pompan (No. 2) were also straight-set winners. Lessen defeated Alex Gaines by a score of 6-2, 6-2, while Pompan took down Krishna Jana, 7-6, 6-2.
Mautner and Kaplan capped off the win, each winning super tiebreakers after splitting sets. Mautner finished off Austin Jones, 7-6, 3-6, 10-4, while Kaplan rebounded from dropping the first set to defeat Andrew Hicks, 2-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Following the trip out West, the Quakers return home to host Middle Tennessee State at the Hecht Tennis Center on January 30.