Men's Tennis Struggles on First Day of ITA Regionals

ITHACA, N.Y. - It was an up and down day on Friday for the men's tennis team at the ITA Northeast Regionals, hosted by Cornell. The Quakers went 0-2 in doubles play and 2-3 in singles.

Beginning on the doubles side, the team of Nikola Kocovic and Mark Milbrandt fell to Army's Van Velzer brothers, Alex and Donald, 8-3. On the lower side of the bracket, Jeremy Court and Phil Law lost 8-2 to the Boston College team of Michael McGinnis and Alex Skinner. The last remaining team for Penn in the doubles draw is Ivan Turudic and Zach Katz, who were placed into the Round of 32 by virtue of their #6 overall seed. They will face Arvis Berzins and Ibrahim Shams of Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday.

Turudic also was given a first-round bye in the singles draw with the #17 overall seed and will face Francis Bertrand of Stony Brook. Joining Turudic there will be Kocovic, who took down Tizian Bucher of Columbia 6-4 and 6-3, as well as Phil Law, who got past Holger Norregaard of NJIT 6-1, 6-4. Kocovic will play the #13 seed, Nikita Fomin of Stony Brook, while Law will face #3 Akash Muppidi of Boston College.

Unable to advance past the first round were Jason Lin, who ran out of steam after winning two qualifying matches on Thursday, Milbrandt and Court. Lin lost a three-set battle with Badr Quabdelmoumen of Drexel 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, and Milbrandt fell in three sets to Sam Fife of Brown as well, 7-6(2), 3-6, 3-6. Court was dismissed by Brown's Will Spector 3-6, 5-7.

Action continues from Cornell on Saturday with both singles and doubles taking the court.