CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The win streak ended at six for the No. 51 University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team, as the Quakers,seeded third out of 10 teams, fell in a heartbreaker to sixth seed No. 68 Brown, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the 2015 ECAC Men’s Indoor Tennis Championships Saturday evening at Harvard’s Murr Tennis Center. The Red and Blue’s thriller with the Bears closed out Saturday’s action. Penn will not play in the backdraw tomorrow, Sunday, with St. John’s due to weather.
Tied at 3-3, the match came down to the No. 5 flight, where freshman Josh Pompan already had fought off 12 match points against Brown’s Peter Tarwid, to force a third set. Tarwid quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Pompan cut the deficit to three with a win, making it 4-1. However, the late spark from the freshman wasn’t quite enough and Tarwid won the final set and match for the Bears.
The Quakers started down 1-0 after dropping the doubles point, but senior captain Jeremy Court provided the match tying point with a win at No. 3 over Ivan Kravtchenko 6-1, 6-4. Brown responded with wins at No. 4 and No. 2, while back-to-back three-set wins from junior Blaine Willenborg at No. 6 and freshman Nicolas Podesta at No. 1 set up the showdown for Pompan.
The Red and Blue will take a week off from competition and will return to the courts in Boise, Idaho for a weekend of three matches with BYU, Boise State, and Utah (Feb. 27-28).
Penn 3, Brown 4
No. 1 Court/Podesta (Penn) vs. To/Yeoh (Brown) DNF 6-5
No. 2 Kravtchenko/Garcia (Brown) def. De Alwis/Nardella 6-3
No. 3 Tarwid/Sandberg (Brown) def. Kaplan/Pompan (Penn) 7-5
No. 1 Nicolas Podesta (Penn) def. Justin To (Brown) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2 Greg Garcia (Brown) def. Vim De Alwis (Penn) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
No. 3 Jeremy Court (Penn) def. Ivan Kravtchenko (Brown) 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 Brandon Yeoh (Brown) def. Matt Nardella (Penn) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
No. 5 Peter Tarwid (Brown) def. Josh Pompan (Penn) 7-5, 5-7, 6-1
No. 6 Blaine Willenborg (Penn) def. Aaron Sandberg (Brown) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
*Order of finish: 3, 4, 2, 6, 1, 5
Updated Spring Records
De Alwis/Nardella 2-2
Nicolas Podesta 6-0
Vim De Alwis 2-3
Jeremy Court 6-1
Matt Nardella 3-2
Josh Pompan 5-2
Blaine Willenborg 4-1
Austin Kaplan 0-1
Ismael Lahlou 1-0
Thomas Spratt 2-0
Marshall Sharp 1-0