FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - On a busy Friday at the National Tennis Center, three pairs of Penn doubles teams advanced into the semifinals of their respective draws with 2-0 marks on the day.
In Flight A, Zach Katz and Ivan Turudic defeated two sets of Ivy League opponents, dispatching first of Alex Centenari and Cameron Ghorbani of Dartmouth before moving past Nathaniel Gery and John Yetimoglu of Columbia by identical 8-5 scores. In a semifinal taking place tomorrow morning, the two will take on Billy Grokenberger and Akash Muppidi of Boston College.
In Flight C, Eugen Brazdil and Robert Wong lived up to their #1 seed, squeaking past Bill Bishop and Joris Vanbeck of Marist by a score of 8-6 before taking a laugher off of Ike Kiro and Holger Norregaad of NJIT, 8-2. Brazdil and Wong move into their semifinal where they will face Daniel Faierman and John Huang of Yale.
Finally, in Flight D, Jason Magnes and Kyle Roth slipped past a Marist/NJIT duo by a score of 8-2 before succumbing to Patrick Chase and Tommy Ratchford of Yale, 8-5. In the bottom half of that same bracket, #2 Phil Law and Jeremy Court breezed through to the semifinals, defeating teams from Boston College and Princeton by scores of 8-1. Tomorrow they will take on Tim Klanke and Jacob Laser of Brown.
The Quakers didn't fare quite as well in singles, going just 3-7 on the day. The first winner came from the A Draw as Turudic, upping his record to 3-0 on the day, outlasted Arvis Berzins of Fairleigh Dickinson 4-6, 6-1, 12-10. Alex Centenari of Dartmouth, already a victim in doubles, will await him in the quarterfinals.
In the B Draw, Phil Law got by Nathaniel Gery of Columbia in straight sets with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. His reward is a quarterfinal date with Jonathan Raude of Boston College.
In Flight G, Kyle Roth upset #1 Cameron Arnoyot of Fairfield with matching 6-4, 6-4 sets. The G schedule was clipped on Friday so Roth will await the winner between Joe Davison (Boston College) and JJ Tauil (Fordham) in the quarterfinals.
Many more matches are to come on Saturday with the finals going off on Sunday.