HANOVER, N.H. - The Penn men's tennis team had its mental fortitude tested on Saturday, as they traveled to Dartmouth following a tough loss at the hands of Harvard on Friday. The Quakers passed the test with flying colors, outlasting a pesky Dartmouth team for a 4-3 victory.
Seniors Jason Pinsky and Joseph Lok set the tone in doubles when they took an 8-4 decision at No. 1. Fellow seniors Brandon O'Gara and Eric Riley had to battle from behind in their match at No. 2 doubles, but they claimed victory in the end, scoring an 8-6 win.
With the doubles point under their belt, the Quakers knew that they would need just three singles matches for the overall triumph.
Jason Pinsky got them off to a good start, claiming the first decision of singles when he won a 6-3, 6-2 decision. Dartmouth got back in it at No. 2, though, as Joseph Lok was forced to retire after falling behind 5-0 in the first set.
Playing at No. 3, Justin Fox found himself in two of the most hotly contested sets of the day. After battling to the hilt in the first set, Fox fell 7-6. He came nearly as close in the second set, falling 7-5.
Meanwhile, though, Eric Riley had taken care of business at No. 4. After winning the first set 6-2, Riley fell 6-4 in the second. He rebounded strongly, taking a 6-2 decision in the third set to wrap up a third point for Penn. The Quakers were up 3-2 with just two matches left on the courts.
Justen Roth looked poised to wrap up the victory for Penn at No. 6, up 5-2 and serving for match point in the third set. However, his opponent, Dartmouth's Curtis Roby, managed to stave off defeat. Roby eventually clawed his way back into the match and took a 7-6 victory, evening the score at three.
The only match left on the court was NO. 5, where Adam Schwartz was playing for Penn. Schwartz, who had won the first set 6-2, fell 6-3 in the second. In the third set, Schwartz was up 5-4 but his opponent, Ari Gayer, had the serve. Relentlessly fighting, Schwartz refused to let the match extend as he broke serve and claimed a 6-4 victory that wrapped up a 4-3 overall victory for the Quakers.
1 Brodie/Schechtman (D) lost to Pinsky/Lok (P) 8-4
2 Freeman/Tzou (D) lost to O'Gara/Riley (P) 8-6
3 Gayer/Roby (D) def. Schwartz/Fox (P) 8-6
1 Mark Brodie (D) lost to Pinsky (P) 6-3,6-2
2 Daniel Freeman (D) def. Lok (P) 5-0 (ret.)
3 Justin Tzou (D) def. Fox (P) 7-6,7-5
4 Jeffrey Schechtman (D) lost to Riley (P) 6-2,4-6,6-2
5 Ari Gayer (D) lost to Schwartz (P) 6-2,3-6,6-4
6 Curtis Roby (D) def. Roth (P) 6-4,3-6,7-6