After losing the doubles point and the first three singles matches at the Lenz Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon, the Penn men’s tennis team found itself in familiar and unwelcome territory.
For the sixth straight season, the Quakers lost to Princeton, 4-3.
Penn (8-6, 0-1 Ivy) came back to win the last three matches over No. 52 Princeton (12-4, 1-0) to move closer, but the Tigers had already clinched the victory.
At No. 3, the Quakers had trouble with the No. 33 doubles team in the nation, Princeton’s Zack McCourt and Matija Pecotic. The pair notched a 8-2 win over Penn junior Nikola Kocovic and senior Mark Milbrandt.
Junior Zach Katz and freshman Austin Kaplan couldn’t turn things around after Penn fell at No. 1 doubles, taking their first doubles loss of the season, 8-5. Pecotic, individually ranked No. 7 in the nation, later built a 2-0 lead for the Tigers with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kocovic, and Princeton sealed the match victory at No. 6 with Jonathan Carcione’s 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Penn freshman Vim De Alwis on court six.
At that point, Penn tacked on three straight victories, with sophomore Jeremy Court trumping McCourt, 7-6. 6-4, in a close battle.
The Quakers next face Brown and No. 56 Yale on the road. The Bears host Penn Saturday at 2 p.m., while the Bulldogs play host Sunday at 2 p.m.
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