Men's Tennis Starts Strong at USTA/ITA Regional

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After day one of action at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team has two doubles teams and six singles players still in contention at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional at Yale University.

The duo of Austin Kaplan and Vim De Alwis began the day with an 8-1 triumph over Brown’s Charles Tan and Jack Haworth. Blaine Willenborg and Thomas Spratt were also victorious in doubles action, defeating the St Johns’ pair of Vaidik Munshaw and Daniel Skripnik by a score of 8-6.

In singles competition, the Quakers enjoyed three byes and notched three victories on Friday. Josh Pompan, Kyle Mautner and De Alwis each received byes due to earning seeds in the main draw -- while Zach Lessen, Willenborg and Nicholai Westergaard all advanced to Saturday’s action. Lessen put together a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Cornell’s Karim Arem, while Willenborg rallied from dropping the first set to defeat UConn’s Chris Toner, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. Westergaard capped off the day, as a 6-4, 6-4 victor over Army West Point’s Sam Lampman.

USTA/ITA Regional action will continue on Saturday, with doubles play beginning at 8 a.m.