Tenth-Ranked Penn Uses Early Close Wins To Upset Princeton 7-2
The trouble for Princeton started in the first of two shifts, when a pair of 3-2 decisions both went the way of the home team. Princeton senior co-captain Dylan Ward won his match at No. 2, while junior Taylor Tutrone fell at the No. 4 spot in three games.
Both sophomore Sam Ezratty (No. 6) and freshman Ben Leizman (No. 8) were on the court for five games apiece, but neither was able to pull out the win. Ezratty found himself in the ultimate marathon in the fifth game, but he eventually fell 17-15. Leizman, in only his second collegiate match, held a 2-0 lead but couldn't finish the victory.
That gave the Quakers a 3-1 edge after the first shift, and a quick 3-0 win at the No. 3 spot left the Quakers within one of the team win.
It wouldn't come at the No. 1 spot, however; junior All-America Samuel Kang swept Liam Quinn to keep the Tigers alive. However, freshman Michael East fell in his collegiate debut 3-1 at the No. 9 spot to clinch the team win for Penn. Senior Ash Egan (No. 7) and sophomore Michael LeBlanc (No. 5) fell in their matches to finish the 7-2 result.
The result ended a 43-match win streak for Princeton over its local rival, and it was Penn's first victory in this series since a 5-4 win in Philadelphia during the 1973-74 season.
It doesn't get easier for Princeton, which will travel to No. 1 Trinity Wednesday night before hosting an Ivy League homestand against both Brown and No. 3 Yale.
PENN 7, PRINCETON 2
1 - Samuel Kang (Pr) d. Tyler Odell 3-0 (11-0, 11-5, 11-7)
2 - Dylan Ward (Pr) d. Liam Quinn 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-7)
3 - August Frank (Pe) d. David Hoffman 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-8)
4 - Rahil Fazelbhoy (Pe) d. Taylor Tutrone 3-0 (11-5, 11-2, 11-4)
5 - Michael Mutscheller (Pe) d. Michael LeBlanc 3-1 (5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5)
6 - George Lemmon (Pe) d. Sam Ezratty 3-2 (7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 17-15)
7 - John Dudzik (Pe) d. Ash Egan 3-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-5)
8 - Jack Maine (Pe) d. Ben Leizman 3-2 (9-11, 5-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-5)
9 - Benton Turner (Pe) d. Michael East 3-1 (11-6, 11-3, 10-12, 11-3)