PHILADELPHIA -This match has been on the minds of the Quakers the entire season as the upset they wanted most. The Crimson is a team that the Quakers have not been able to overcome for over a decade and Penn was looking to change that on Saturday. It all came down to the final match for the winner to be decided and it was the Crimson who captured the 5-4 win on Saturday. It was a thriller at Ringe Court as five of the matches were taken to four or more games.
The Quakers got off to an early 4-2 lead before heading into the final round of matches. The Red and Blue picked up 3-0 decisions at No. 2, 8 and 9 slots. At the No. 2 position, James Clark outplayed Harvard's Verdi DiSesa 3-0 (10-8, 9-5, 9-5), while Bobby Dickey downed Ned Reeves, 3-0, at the No. 8 (9-2, 9-6, 9-5). Parker Justi had some difficultly in the first game, but managed to get thru it 10-8, before Justi earned 9-5 and 9-2 wins in the next two games to pick up the victory. Penn also won the No. 3 slot, as Trevor McGuinness defeated Nike Hrdy by a 3-1 margin (9-7, 6-9, 9-3, 9-6).
J. Reed Endresen and Richard Hill captured Harvard’s early wins. Endresen took down Andrew Zimmerman by a 3-0 score (9-7, 10-8, 9-0), while Hill also earned a shutout against Joseph Raho, posting a 3-0 win (9-3, 9-1, 9-0).
Withthe Red and Blue ahead 4-2, Thomas Mattsson stepped up against Colin West at the No. 1position, and West won the first game, 9-1, before posting consecutive 9-2 decisions to take the match, 3-0.Harvard then pulled even with Eliot Buchanan's3-1 victory at the No.4 against Mark Froot. Froot claimed the first game,9-3, but Buchanan came back to take the next set, 9-3, and then managed to take nab the third game 10-8 to lead, 2-1, before swiping the fourth game, 9-2, to tie the overall team match, 4-4.
The fate of the match then rest in the No. 7 match with Porter Drake taking on Harvard's Franklin Cohen. Drake easily took the first game, 9-3 followed by a close contest in the second game with Cohen taking the 10-8 decision. With it tied, 1-1, Cohen claimed the final two games, 9-1, 9-5 to clinch the win for the Crimson.
The Quakers will finish the weekend at Ringe Courts on Sunday with Dartmouth at 11 a.m.
Harvard def. Penn (5-4)
1. Colin West (Harvard)def. Thomas Mattsson (9-1,9-2,9-2)
2. James Clark (Penn) def. Verdi DiSesa (10-8,9-5,9-5)
3. Trevor McGuinness (Penn) def. Nicholas Hrdy (9-7,6-9,9-3,9-6)
4. Eliot Buchanan (Harvard) def. Mark Froot (3-9,9-3,10-8,9-2)
5. J. Reed Endresen (Harvard) def. Andrew Zimmerman (9-7,10-8,9-0)
6. Richard Hill (Harvard) def. Joey Raho (9-3,9-1,9-0)
7. Franklin Cohen (Harvard) def. Porter Drake (3-9,10-8,9-1,9-5)
8. Bobby Dickey (Penn) def. Edwards Reeves (9-2,9-6,9-5)
9. Parker Justi (Penn) def. William Ahmed (10-8,9-5,9-2)