Men's Tennis Splits Squad For a Pair of Tournaments

Flushing, N.Y. - The Quakers split their squad for the second consecutive weekend with promising results on Friday, as ten different players won at least one match.

Head coach Nik DeVore split the team, with one group heading up to Flushing Meadows for the USTA Collegiate Invitational and the other across town for the St. Joseph's Invitational.

At the USTA Invitational, senior Hicham Laalej played his first collegiate tennis match in over year and didn't disappoint, defeating Christo Schultz in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in No. 1 singles. Teammate Phil Law also played in No. 1 and came away victories, with his win coming in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Also winning at Flushing Meadows on Friday was sophomore Rob Wong and senior Zach Gorn. Wong won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, over Will McNamee in No. 5 singles while Gorn was victorious in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles, the combo of Jason Lin and Jason Magnes won two matches to reach the semifinals of No. 4 doubles, by winning 8-5 and 9-8. In No. 1 doubles the duo of Laalej and Nikola Kocovic won 9-7 in the round of 16 before falling in the quarterfinals, 9-7.

The twosome of Law and freshman Mark Milbrandt advanced to the No. 2 doubles quarterfinals (9-8) before falling 8-2 while Gorn and Wong advanced to the quarterfinals of No. 4 doubles before losing 8-3.

At Saint Joseph's only the doubles were in action but Penn made its presence felt. The freshmen duo of Ivan Turudic and Zach Katz won both matches in which they played, winning 8-3 in their first match and dispatching of Delaware teammates Troy Beneck and Andre Vorobyov 8-4 in the semifinals.

The Quakers return to action on both courts tomorrow, looking to advance.