Los Angeles, Calif. -- The University of Pennsylvania men's tennis team defeated Loyola Marymount, 4-3, on Tuesday at the LMU Tennis Center.
The Quakers (10-2, 0-0 Ivy) dropped the doubles point but came back strong in singles play to take the match. At No. 1 doubles, the team of Tas Tobias and Anthony Pu fell to Michael Wojnarowicz and Matt Phillips, 8-2. David Lynn and Mikhail Bekker won at No. 2 doubles, 8-5, over Beau Berglund and Carlos Malet, but dropped the doubles point with Todd Lecher and Brandon O'Gara's 9-7 loss at No. 3 to Linas Cicenas and Ashton Politanoff.
In singles, Penn showed its strength by coming back from a 3-0 deficit to win the match. Lynn fell at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-1, to Wojnarowicz and Bekker fell at No. 2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, to Nicolas Terrien to give Loyola Marymount the advantage. Tobias then defeated Berglund, 7-6(4), 6-4, at the third position to give the Quakers their first point of the match. It was all Penn from there on out, wtih Lecher defeating Cicenas, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 4 and Craig Rubin winning at No. 5, 6-7, 6-0, 6-0, over Phillips. Jimmy Fairbanks closed out the match in the sixth position, coming back from a 1-6 loss of the first set to defeat Politanoff, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, to give the Quakers the win.
The Quakers, who entered the top-75 in the rankings on March 8 for the first time since April of 2002, are next in action on Friday, March 11 when they travel to Irvine, Calif. to take on UC-Irvine at 1:30 p.m. PST.
#73 PENN 4, LMU 3
#1 Michael Wojnarowicz (LMU) def. David Lynn 6-0,6-1
#2 Nicolas Terrien (LMU) def. Mikhail Bekker 6-4,5-7,6-4
#3 Tas Tobias def. Beau Berglund (LMU) 7-6,6-4
#4 Todd Lecher def.Linas Cicenas (LMU) 7-5,6-1
#5 Craig Rubin def.Matt Phillips(LMU) 6-7,6-0,6-0
#6 James Fairbanks def. Ashton Politanoff (LMU) 1-6,6-2,6-4
#1 Michael Wojnarowicz/Matt Phillips (LMU) def. Anthony Pu/Tas Tobias 8-1
#2 David Lynn/Mikhail Bekker def. Beau Berglund/Carlos Malet (LMU) 8-5
#3 Linas Cicenas/Ashton Politanoff (LMU) def. Todd Lecher/Brandon O'Gara 9-7