COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team returned to its winning ways on Tuesday, defeating Air Force by a score of 6-1. With the win, the Quakers snap a three-match losing streak and gain momentum heading into the weekend’s matches in San Diego.
After dropping the doubles point for just the first time in the last three matches, the Quakers dominated the singles lineup. Penn didn’t drop a set at any position, on their way to a third singles sweep of the season.
The bottom half of the lineup, consisting of Nicholai Westergaard (No. 4), Blaine Willenborg (No. 5), and Ismael Lahlou (No. 6), all won in identical 6-3, 6-3 fashion. Kyle Mautner also registered commanding win at the No. 1 slot, taking down Air Force’s Jack McCullers by a tally of 6-2, 6-3.
Josh Pompan (No. 2) and Matt Nardella (No. 3) had a tougher time in their matches, but each gutted out tiebreaker wins. Pompan was a 6-3, 7-6 (5) winner, while Nardella grabbed a thrilling 7-6, 7-6 victory.
The Quakers return to action on Thursday, heading to California to take on San Diego.
Jack McCullers/Max Olson def. Nicholai Westergaard/Austin Kaplan, 6-4
Lucas Fumgalli/Tadhg Collins def. Matt Nardella/Thomas Spratt, 6-4
Issac Perez/Andrew Parks v. Blaine Willenborg/Gabriel Rapoport, DNF
Kyle Mautner def. Jack McCullers, 6-2, 6-2
Josh Pompan def. Lucas Fumgalli, 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Matt Nardella def. Andrew Parks, 7-6, 7-6
Nicholai Westergaard def. Issac Perez, 6-3, 6-3
Blaine Willenborg def. Max Olson, 6-3, 6-3
Ismael Lahlou def. Luke Sanderson, 6-3, 6-3