Philadelphia Two members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team were named All-Ivy for the 2005 season. Sophomore Mikhail Bekker was a unanimous first-team selection, while senior David Lynn earned second-team honors for his final Ancient Eight season.
Bekker opened his sophomore season by collecting three wins at the ECAC Championships, including earning Penn’s only point in its 6-1 loss to No. 1 seeded Harvard. He advanced to the round of 32 at the ITA Northeastern Region and the final of the “A” singles flight at the Penn Classic. In the spring, Bekker posted a 14-8 singles mark, including a 6-1 record against Ivy competition. His only League loss came against fellow unanimous All-Ivy selection, No. 32 Jonathan Chu of Harvard. Bekker had an 18-10 overall singles mark on the year.
It was the second League honor of Bekker’s career. In 2004, he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the year, the first Quaker to earn an individual honor since the award began in 1988.
Lynn opened his final collegiate campaign by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Northeast Intercollegiate. In the spring, he compiled a 7-12 singles record at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, trading off with Bekker. He also had a 2-5 mark against Ancient Eight competition.
It was the second second-team selection of Lynn’s career. He opened his Penn career by earning the honor after his freshman season.
The Quakers closed out the 2004-05 season with a 14-8 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the Ivy League. The Red and Blue finished tied for fifth in the Ancient Eight standings. Penn went 2-1 at the 2004 ECAC Championships and opened the spring campaign with a 13-3 record, including seven-straight home wins.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant