PHILADELPHIA – The losing streak continued for Penn men’s tennis last night, as they lost to the No. 12 Blue Devils, 7-0. Duke improved to 3-2 with the win, while the Quakers fell to 1-3 so far this season. It was the third loss for Penn, after losing to Central Florida and Maryland last weekend.
In doubles action against the Blue Devils, juniors Jason Pinsky and Joseph Lok lost in the No. 1 doubles spot, 8-5, to Dylan Arnould and Joey Atlas. Junior Brandon O'Gara and freshman Adam Schwartz had a similar fate in the No. 2 spot, as they lost to David Goulet and Ned Samuelson, 8-5. At No. 3, sophomores Justin Fox and Jonathan Boym played hard to the last point, but ended up losing, 9-8(3) to Peter Rodrigues and Alex Stone.
In singles, Pinsky suffered his first loss of the season, a 7-6(4), 6-3 battle won by Atas. Boym also struggled in the No. 2 spot, losing to Rodrigues, 6-4, 6-1, while senior captain Mikhail Bekker, in his first match of the season, lost to Arnould, 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 4 singles spot. Lok also lost in the No. 5 spot, 6-2, 6-2, to Goulet. In the No. 6 spot, Schwartz lost a close first set, 7-6, after battling back to tie it up at 6-6. The second set was a faster one, as Schwartz lost, 6-1.
The closest Penn came to a win was in the No. 3 singles spot, where Fox fought a tough battle against Kiril Dimitrov. Fox lost the first set 6-3, but battled back in the second set, and took a 4-3 lead. It didn’t last, as Dimitrov had a comeback of his own, and won the second set, 7-6 (10-5) to take the match.
Up next, the Quakers will look to end their losing streak when they travel to Raleigh to take on N.C. State at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Duke 7, Penn 0
1.Joey Atas (Duke) def. Jason Pinsky (Penn) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
2.Peter Rodrigues (Duke) def. Jonathan Boym (Penn) 6-4, 6-1.
3.Kiril Dimitrov (Duke) def. Justin Fox (Penn) 6-3, 7-6 (10-5).
4.Dylan Arnould (Duke) def. Mikhail Bekker (Penn) 6-2, 6-4.
5.David Goulet (Duke) def. Joseph Lok (Penn) 6-2, 6-2.
6.Aaron Carpenter (Duke) def. Adam Schwartz (Penn) 7-6, 6-1
1.Joey Atas/Dykab Arnould (Duke) def. Joseph Lok/Jason Pinsky (Penn) 8-5.
2.Ned Samuelson/David Goulet (Duke) def. Brandon O'Gara/Adam Schwartz (Penn) 8-5.
3.Peter Rodrigues/Alex Stone (Duke) def. Jonathan Boym/Justin Fox (Penn) 9-8 (7-3)