PHILADELPHIA - A contingent of six players from the men's tennis team will travel to Yale to take part in the ITA Northeast Regional Championships from Friday through Tuesday. Play will get underway on Friday with early round action in the singles and doubles draws and will conclude with the championship finals of each on Tuesday. If Penn can claim a tournament title in either singles or doubles, they will move onto the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. from Nov. 8-11.
Among the six selected to represent the Quakers this weekend are junior co-captain Nikola Kocovic and returning second-team All-Ivy pick Jeremy Court. They are joined by a group of new faces in freshmen Vim De Alwis, Austin Kaplan and Blaine Willenborg, as well as sophomore transfer Ismael Lahlou. On the doubles side, Kocovic and Kaplan will pair up after competing together at the Brown Invitational where they put together a 2-1 mark. Court and De Alwis will be making their debut together, as will Lahlou and Willenborg.
Five of the six players making the trip to New Haven are sporting winning records in singles so far this year. The best record on the team belongs to Willenborg, who reached the final of the Princeton Invitational in his first collegiate tournament and is currently on a six-match winning streak to stretch his fall record to 9-2. De Alwis is next up at 7-4, having reached the finals at the Saint Joseph's Invitational and the Penn Invitational. Kocovic has won in five of his last six times on the court, making it to the semifinals of the top flight at the Penn Invitational and going a perfect 3-0 at the Brown Invitational.
If the Quakers are unsuccessful in advancing anyone to the Indoor Championships, the ITA Northeast Regional will be the end of their fall season. The spring season will get underway on Feb. 2 when Penn travels to Penn State for a dual meet at State College. The next day, the Red and Blue make their spring home debut at the Levy Tennis Pavilion, taking on Buffalo at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3.
Update: Vim De Alwis went 2-0 on Friday in his qualifying matches, earning his way into the Round of 128. The bracket heading into Saturday's action is at the top of this page.
Download: Men's Draw.pdf