PHILADELPHIA – For the second straight match, the Penn men’s tennis team swept a Philadelphia opponent. This time, the victim was Temple. The Quakers continued their hot streak, winning every match for the 7-0 win.
“Despite the final score, this was a tough match for us,” head coach Nik DeVore said. “Temple has been competing against nationally ranked teams so we knew they would be tough.”
Penn started the match with a sweep at doubles. Hicham Laalej and Phil Law were victorious at No. 1 over Temple’s Eduardo Saavedra and Filip Rams, 8-4. The score was the same at No. 2 as Jonathan Boym and Adam Schwartz defeated Ricardo Velazquez and Pavlos Stephanides. At No. 3, Justen Roth and Alex Vasin edged out at 8-5 win over Nathan Spunda and Smitry Vizhunov.
Momentum carried over for the Quakers at the top of the ladder as Laalej and Boym has straight-sets victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Laalej defeated Velazquez, 6-0, 6-1, while Boym picked up a 6-1, 6-4 win over Vizhunov.
At No. 3 singles, Schwartz dropped the first set, 2-6, to Rams, the reigning A-10 Player of the Week. The junior rallied to win the final two sets for the 2-6, 7-6, 10-5 victory. Law followed suit at No. 4, putting a 4-6 defeat in the first set behind him for a 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 win over Spunda.
“Adam and Phil didn’t have their best matches,” DeVore said, “But they rallied and gutted out tough wins for us.”
Alex Vasin competed at No. 5 and needed just two sets to defeat Mansur Gishkaev, 6-1, 6-2. Jason Lin won his second straight match at No. 6 singles, defeating Stephanides, 6-2, 6-2.
“I am impressed with how Alex played today,” said DeVore, “He was in control from the first point and did not let up.”
Penn is back in action on Feb. 7 at Florida Atlantic University. The next day, the Quakers take on No. 17 Miami.