PHILADELPHIA – Josh Pompan of the men’s tennis team made the most of Penn hosting the ITA Northeast Regional this week at the Hecht Tennis Center. The junior captain strung together five consecutive wins to reach the tournament’s championship match, before ultimately falling 6-4, 6-4 to Cornell's Chris Vrabel.
Entering the draw with a seed and a bye, Pompan has tallied five wins over the last three days, including a 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 triumph over Dartmouth’s Dave Horneffer in the semifinals on Monday afternoon. It was Pompan’s second victory over a Dartmouth foe this week, as he also defeated George Wall, 7-6, 6-3, in the Second Round on Saturday.
Pompan’s semifinal win was his second of the day on Monday—the first coming against Columbia’s Will Matheson (6-2, 7-6) in the quarterfinals.
Pompan began his run with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Thomas Caputo of Binghamton on Saturday. He won another first-set tiebreaker against Columbia’s Alex Keyser in the Round of 16, before Keyser retired due to injury.
Pompan carried the torch for a Quakers’ team that was unable to snag any other main-draw singles victories. Penn’s top player and the three seed, Kyle Mautner, had to withdraw from the tournament due to illness.
Pompan was also part of the Quakers’ best run in the doubles draw, as he and Thomas Spratt went from the qualifying bracket to the Round of 16. The duo took down teams from NJIT, Drexel, and Yale—before ultimately falling, 8-3, to the tournament’s top seed of Day/Gamble (Princeton).
In other doubles action, Penn’s pairs of Mautner/Nardella and Westergaard/Funk were each one and done in the main draw. Westergaard and Funk defeated a squad from Marist, while Mautner and Nardella recorded a triumph over Boston College.