PRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team split up this past weekend, sending players to both the Ivy Plus Tournament at Princeton, and the Saint Joseph’s Invitational. The Ivy Plus field featured 22 teams split into eight singles flights and two doubles flights.
Ivy Plus Results
Kyle Mautner, Josh Pompan and Thomas Spratt all put together multiple singles wins on Friday, advancing to the semifinals of their respective draws. Mautner was especially impressive in playing in the top singles’ flight, notching a 6-0, 7-6 (5) win of Yale’s Tyler Lu—who came into the weekend slotted 100th in the ITA rankings. Mautner defeated Brandon Yeoh of Brown, 6-4, 6-4, in the Round of 16. Pompan also registered a win over an Ivy-League foe in Yale’s Martin Svenning. The sophomore racked up a 6-3, 6-4 win over Svenning and followed up with a three-set victory (4-6, 6-4, 6-3) over Vaidik Munshaw of St. John’s.
Spratt was victorious against a pair of Ivy-League foes, Conor Haughey of Harvard and Anthony Arocho from Brown. He earned a 7-6 (3), 6-3 triumph over Haughey and then battled through a three-setter (6-2, 2-6, 6-3) against Arocho.
Zach Lessen, Blaine Willenborg, Nicholai Westergaard, Ismael Lahlou and Austin Kaplan also picked up singles’ wins on Friday. Lessen took down Nile Clark of Miami (Fla.) by a score 6-2, 4-6, 10-4—while Willenborg defeated Yale’s Fedor Andrienko, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. Westergaard posted a 6-0, 6-4 win over Drew Dawson of Notre Dame, before falling in a pair of tiebreakers to Indiana’s Elliott Yee. Lahlou produced a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Chris Essick of Indiana, while Kaplan defeated Darragh Glavin of Old Dominion in straight sets (6-4, 6-4).
In doubles action, Lahlou and Pompan posted the Quakers’ lone victory— an 8-2 win over the Buffalo duo of Sergio Arevalillo and Amar Hromic.
Lahlou and Lessen were the only Quakers to register wins on Saturday. Lahlou earned a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Indiana’s Chris Essick, while Lessen took down Hromic by a score of 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Saint Joseph’s Results
While most of the team was competing at the Princeton Invitational, Penn also sent some of the squad to the Saint Joseph’s Invite. Gabriel Rapoport achieved the most success for the Quakers, winning the second singles flight. The sophomore compiled wins over Delaware’s Venkatesh Ramkumar (3-6, 6-2, 12-10), Saint Joseph’s Peter Dewitt (6-4, 7-6) and Lehigh’s Chris Auteri (6-2, 3-6, 11-9) on the way to the title.
Junior Dan Harris also put together a nice weekend, compiling a run to the championship of singles flight No. 3. Harris picked up straight-set wins over Drexel’s Vuk Subotic (6-1, 6-2), Delaware’s Tyler Flematti (6-2, 7-5) and William Elmore of Villanova (7-5, 6-3).
In addition to the singles success, Rapaport also enjoyed a nice run in doubles action— as he and John Karlawish made it to the semifinals of the top doubles flight. The duo recorded an 8-1 win over the Villanova duo of Tommy Dodson and Jimmy Purdy and then an 8-5 win over Lehigh’s Bryant Born and Jeremy Kochman.
The Quakers will be back in action the first weekend of October at the All-American Tournament in Tulsa, Okla.
Download: MTEN Ivy Plus - Final.pdf