PHILADELPHIA – Never say die. Down 5-1 in the third set of his singles match, and with the overall match tied at 3-3, sophomore Josh Pompan rattled off six-consecutive games to clinch a thrilling 4-3 win for the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team over Brown. The Quakers move to 2-0 in the Ivy League for the first time since 2014.
It was a back and forth affair all afternoon long, beginning with the Quakers taking the doubles point for the second-straight day. Nicholai Westergaard and Austin Kaplan captured a 6-2 win in the No. 1 slot, while Dmitry Shatalin and Blaine Willenborg tallied an identical victory at No. 3.
Brown battled back in singles’ action, posting triumphs at No. 1 and No. 2 to temporarily take a 2-1 lead. The Quakers followed with wins at the tail end of the lineup, as Willenborg recorded a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win at No. 5 and Ismael Lahlou registered a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 6.
After Matt Nardella dropped a tough three-setter at No. 4 singles, it all came down to Pompan in the three slot. Taking on Brown’s Mladen Mitak, Pompan found himself down a pair of breaks in the decisive third set. With his teammates willing him along, he tallied four-straight games to tie the score at 5-5. He found himself once again down 40-15 in the 11th game of the set, but battled back in that one and broke Mitak to preserve a 7-5 win.
The Quakers look to keep the momentum rolling next weekend, traveling to take on Harvard and Dartmouth on April 9-10.
Gregory Garcia def. Kyle Mautner, 6-1, 7-5
Peter Tarwid def. Vim De Alwis, 6-4, 6-0
Josh Pompan def. Mladen Mitak, 6-7 (3) 6-4, 7-5
Aaron Sandberg def. Matt Nardella, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Blaine Willenborg def. Charles Tan, 7-6 (5), 6-4
Ismael Lahlou def. Anthony Arocho, 6-3, 6-3
Westergaard/Austin Kaplan def. Garcia/Tarwid, 6-2
Tan/Jack Haworth def. Thomas Spratt/Matt Nardella, 6-4
Willenborg/Shatalin def. Sandberg/Mitak, 6-2