PHILADELPHIA – Highlighted by Josh Pompan’s triumphant run through the Lenz Draw, the University of Pennsylvania's men's tennis team closed out play at the Ivy-Plus Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Penn and Princeton served as hosts of the three-day event, as the Quakers split their squad to both sites.
Singles Recap (at Princeton)
Pompan capped off his impressive run in the Lenz Draw by taking down Cornell’s Colin Sinclair on Sunday in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. It was the junior captain’s second-straight three-set triumph, as he also knocked off South Carolina’s Thomas Mayronne in the semifinals on Saturday, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4.
In a battle of nationally ranked players on Saturday, Kyle Mautner (No. 120) dropped a 7-6 (2), 6-3 decision to Columbia’s Shawn Hadavi (No. 55) in the semifinals of the Tiger Draw.
Matt Nardella followed up his win over Scott Jones of Tennessee on Friday with back-draw triumphs on Saturday and Sunday. After dropping his opening match in the Nassau Draw, Nardella rattled off three victories in a row to win the consolation side of the bracket. He capped off his run with back-to-back three-set wins over Cornell's Bernardo Casares (4-6, 6-1, 13-11) and Princeton's Tom Colauatti (3-6, 6-4, 10-7).
Singles Recap (at Penn)
Max Cancilla exacted some revenge for his classmate Kaden Funk by taking down Cornell’s Maverick Lin, 6-3, 6-3, on Saturday. Lin had defeated Funk the previous day. Fellow rookie Robby Smithline also snagged a win on Sunday, completing his triumphant consolation run with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Drexel's Balaji Lakshmanan.
The Quakers didn’t find much success in doubles action at the Princeton site. The team of Nardella and Mautner dropped consecutive matches to squads from South Carolina (8-5) and Princeton (8-6). Pompan and Shatalin picked up Penn’s lone doubles’ win at Princeton, taking down the VCU duo of Ishizaka and Lima (8-4).
Meanwhile over at Penn, Nicholai Westergaard and Funk rebounded from an opening-round loss to win their consolation bracket. The junior/freshman pair recorded triumphs over Harvard’s Galen Lee and Logan Webster (8-5) and Penn State’s David Kohan and Nika Dolidze (8-6).
The freshmen pair of Cancilla and Smithline won doubles flight No. 3, snagging wins over the mixed squad of Noah Sutter (Penn State) and Eduardo Paz (Princeton) and Drexel’s Hamza Laleej and Youssef Lahlou.
The Quakers will have some time off prior to hosting the ITA Northeast Regional on October 20-25. Individually, Mautner will be in action at the All-American Championships in Tulsa on October 6-10.