PHILADELPHIA - Going up against a national championship contender, the Penn men's tennis team held its own in several matches, but could not overcome Michigan as they fell, 7-0. Penn nearly won all three doubles matches against three ranked doubles duos, but could not get the job done.
Jason Pinsky and Brandon O'Gara fell 8-6 at No. 1 doubles, as did Joseph Lok and Jeffrey Karsh at No. 2. In the third spot, Adam Schwartz and Justen Roth pushed their opponents to the limit, forcing two break points before falling, 8-7.
"Michigan has three really good doubles teams, and I think we came out and opened their eyes with how well we played," head coach Nik DeVore said. "We mixed up the lineups a little bit and played very tough against a really strong opponent."
Pinsky and O'Gara highlighted the individual play as well. At No. 1, Pinsky did battle with Michigan's Matko Maravic, who has been ranked as high as No. 17 in the nation this season. After dropping the first set 7-6, Pinsky fell in the second, 6-4. Every point was a grueling battle as the top-ranked players for their respective teams lived up to their seeding.
At No. 4, Brandon O'Gara won the first set 6-3 before falling in the next two, 6-2, 6-4.
"Brandon hasn't been playing singles for us nearly at all this season," DeVore said, "so the fact that he was playing at the fourth spot tells you how many injury problems we have had. But he did a really good job competing for us, winning that first set and then going to 6-4 in the third."
Joseph Lok also had a tight singles match, losing 7-6 6-3 at the No. 2 spot.
The Quakers are back in action this Wednesday when they travel to Annapolis to take on Navy. That match is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.
1. Maravic/Navas def. Pinsky/O'Gara 8-6
2. Sroczynski/Bruckmann def. Lok/Karsh 8-6
3. Mazlin/Madden def. Schwartz/Roth 8-7
1. Maravic def. Pinsky 7-6, 6-4
2. Sroczynski def. Lok 7-6, 6-3
3. Mazlin def. Schwartz 6-1, 6-3
4. Aarts def. O'Gara 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Navas def. Karsh 6-1, 6-2
6. Madden def. Vasin 6-3 6-3
Michigan def. Penn 7-0