Freshman Blaine Willenborg takes second in debut
September 17, 2012, 1:37 am·
Penn men’s tennis had a mixed start to the season over the weekend at the Princeton Invitational.
The team, which went 10-10 overall and 2-5 in the Ivy League last year, is aiming to return to its 2010-11 form — or near it — when it finished 12-7.
Freshman Blaine Willenborg had the most successful weekend of the four Penn players at the tournament, advancing three rounds before falling to Bert Vancura of Columbia in the finals of the Lenz Draw.
Sophomore Jeremy Court, last year’s surprise star, won one singles match against Yale’s John Huang before losing to Princeton’s Matija Pecotic.
Penn’s highly praised freshman recruit Vim De Alwis lost in the first round of the Lenz Draw, but he did win one match in the consolation tournament.
On the doubles side of the tournament, Court teamed up with junior Zack Katz to beat a duo from Georgetown before falling to Matt Slow and Matt Spindler from Princeton.
Penn finished last year tied with Yale for the bottom place of the Ivy League. Harvard, 6-1 against Ivies, finished first.
Men’s tennis will play next at the St. Joseph’s Invitational next week.