Mostly unnoticed during the comeback and in the post match celebration, however, were the chants his teammates were belting out.
They weren’t in English.
Led by senior Ismael Lahlou, the chants for Pompan, the hero of the match, were in Arabic.
Penn Athletics has a variety of varsity sports teams, but it also hosts a wealth of club sports. These club teams can even be surprisingly successful — the men’s club basketball team, for instance, had a record-breaking year.
But for the best club athletes, just how easy is it — and how often does it occur — to move up to the varsity level?
The latter question is easier to answer.
Coming in hot having won three straight conference matches and with the Ivy League title on the line, it made for a competitive weekend for Penn women's tennis.
After jumping up 22 spots in the ITA Rankings from 74 to 52 after defeating Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend, the Quakers split their final Ivy doubleheader, falling to No. 63 Cornell on Friday, 5-2, at home before rebounding the season finale in New York against No. 34 Columbia, 4-3.
On Friday against Cornell, the Big Red took an early lead, claiming the first four points.
The slide continues.
After opening up Ivy play with two key wins over Yale and Brown at the beginning of the month, Penn men's tennis has failed to find similar success in four conference matches.
In head coach Sanela Kunovac’s first season in 2009, Penn went winless in the Ivies for the first time ever.
The Quakers fell on the road, 6-1, to No. 50 Harvard and 4-0 to No. 38 Dartmouth.
Coming off its first Ivy League win of the season last weekend, Penn women’s tennis hoped to build on that confidence as two ranked opponents, Harvard and Dartmouth, arrived in Philadelphia.
With a 4-3 win over Harvard and a 5-2 victory against Dartmouth, the Quakers (10-7, 3-2 Ivy) did just that.
Not many Penn athletes can say they spent time in the pros before putting on the red and blue for the Quakers.
This was no country club tennis match.
In a frenzied atmosphere at the Hecht Tennis Center on Sunday, Penn men’s tennis took on Brown to complete their opening weekend of Ivy League play.
As spring progresses and the plants begin to blossom, Penn tennis expects to see a lot of Ivy. From this point forward, all of its remaining scheduled games are against conference foes.
While most of Penn’s campus was rejoicing over a beautiful spring weekend, Penn women’s tennis headed to Princeton, N.J., with the hopes of doing something they have failed to do since 2008: Beat the Tigers.
They say the enemy of your enemy is your friend, but do not go telling that to either Penn or Princeton when they meet for Ivy openers this weekend.
When the Quakers face St. John’s this Saturday, they will do so with the same mentality if they were pitted against Ivy league rivals such as Harvard or Dartmouth.
A trip to the Wild West proved to be just that – wild.
With five teams on the docket – four of which were ITA ranked – the Quakers ventured to Colorado and California where they played out a very busy spring break schedule.
Their time in the sun, however, resulted in few bright spots as the Red and Blue fell to all of their ranked opponents.
Although they’ll be under the sun, there will be no break for Penn women’s tennis over the next week.
The Quakers will be heading to Texas for four matches against tough opponents, such as UT-Arlington and UT-Austin, spanning the week of spring break.
It’s Penn vs. Penn.
Sunday afternoon, Penn men’s tennis faced off against No. 21 Penn State at the Hecht Tennis Center, dropping its last home match before heading into Ancient Eight play, 5-2.
Penn tennis knows a thing or two about rallying.
Women’s tennis faced off against longtime rival Maryland, walking away victorious, 5-2, on Saturday
Photoshopping Vladimir Putin amongst other things onto pictures of her teammate in play, Marta Kowalska, with her friend and doubles’ partner OJ Singh, crafts a Facebook-worthy cover photo to advertise this weekend’s match against Maryland.
This weekend the Penn vs. Penn State rivalry will take place yet again on the courts of Hecht Tennis Center as the schools’ men’s tennis teams will engage in a battle of squads ranked in the top 60 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Quakers (4-6) look to continue rolling after an easy win over New Mexico last weekend.
That win, along with beating No. 38 Dartmouth and losing close-fought matches to No. 52 Princeton and No. 32 Harvard, has propelled the Red and Blue into 59th in the rankings, their first national rank this season.
The undefeated Nittany Lions will visit Philadelphia ranked 21st and ready for revenge.
In its first action since a busy weekend where the team went 1-2 against three ranked Ivy squads at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, Penn men’s tennis rebounded swiftly with a 6-1 defeat of New Mexico.