NEW YORK, N.Y. Penn’s men’s tennis team finished up play this weekend at the Columbia Invitational in New York City, and the B’ Flight of the singles draw featured an all-Penn final. Phil Law took home the crown with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over fellow freshman Jason Lin.
Law had advanced to the final with a win over another Quaker, defeating Alex Vasin in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-4. He also defeated 2008 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Jeremy Feldman of Cornell in the first round, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. In addition to his win, Law was the recipient of the tournament's Sportsmanship Award as voted on by the coaches of the teams competing.
Lin also defeated a Cornell player in the first round, advancing past Kyle Doppelt, 6-0, 6-2. Doppelt spent most of the 2008 season playing number one singles for the Big Red. In the quarterfinals, Lin took down Nicolas Pisecky from Marist, 6-3, 6-1. He made it to the finals with a win over Martin Kosut of St. John’s, 6-3, 6-1.
Justen Roth advanced to the final of the C’ Flight before losing to Cornell’s Marc Asch in a three-set match, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. He had won four matches previously in the tournament to earn his spot in the final.
In the A’ Flight, Adam Schwartz advanced to the semifinals with wins over Fairleigh Dickinson’s Matt Gordon (7-5, 6-3) and Columbia’s Haig Schneiderman (4-6, 7-6(3) 6-3) before falling to Cornell’s Jon Jaklitsch, 6-4, 7-5.
Over the course of the weekend, the team was 16-6 overall in singles play, defetaing top players from all the teams entered in the tournament.