Blacksburg, Va. -- The University of Pennyslvania Men's Tennis team completed their first day of play at the Wilson/ITA Northeastern Regional Tennis Championships held at Virginia Tech.
In singles action, senior Justin Lavner defeated Stanley Khal of Navy, 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the round of 64. Sophomore Mikhail Bekker had a bye into the second round and will take on Erez Cohen of Manhattan. Sophomore Tas Tobias fell in the first round to John Tully of Delaware, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Senior David Lynn was also defeated in the first round, losing to Diego Alvarado of Manhattan, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Fellow seniors Todd Lecher and Craig Rubin also lost in the first round of play, Lecher to Rich Moss of Brown, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), and Rubin to Alon Cohen of Manhattan, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
In doubles action, the team of Tobias and freshman Joseph Lok were defeated by Jan Krejci/Tal Meir of Stony Brook, 8-5. Lavner and freshman Brandon O'Gara were also defeated, losing to Bradley Hunter/Chris Sherman of Penn State, 8-5. The final Penn doubles team, Lecher/Rubin, lost to Antonio Aniello/Jimmy Holland of St. Joseph's, 9-8(5).
The round of 64 singles will be played on Saturday, with the tournament continuing until Tuesday. The consolation singles rounds will also begin on Saturday, with four Quakers in the bracket. Tobias will take on Walter Garcia of Niagra, Lynn will take on Joe Vellanikaran of Yale, Lecher will play Mike Racioppo of Quinnipiac and Rubin will take on Jean-Francois Robitaille of Stony Brook.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant