Men’s Tennis Concludes Strong Showing at Penn Invitational

Men’s Tennis Concludes Strong Showing at Penn Invitational

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Brown men's tennis team kicked off the 2016 fall season at the Penn Invitational this past weekend (Sept. 16-18).

Competing along with the Bears in the tournament were: Columbia, Cornell, Furman, Georgetown, Navy, Old Dominion, William & Mary, Yale and the tournament host, Penn.

The Penn invitational was the first collegiate action for freshmen Will Bader (New York, N.Y.), Peter Litsky (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Jacob Walker (Bethesda, Md.). Litsky and Walker had a strong showing with each of them winning four singles matches apiece and three doubles matches, respectively, while Bader notched one singles win and one doubles win. 

Day One

To get things going for the Bears, senior Lucas Da Silveira (Incline Village, Nev.) and Walker teamed up to defeat Penn in a third doubles match, 6-1.

In singles action against Penn, junior Anthony Arocho (Northridge, Ill.) and Walker posted wins, with Arocho winning, 6-1, 6-2 (seventh singles) and Walker victorious, 6-3, 6-2 in eighth singles.

Against Georgetown, senior Gregory Garcia (Poway, Calif.) and junior Jack Haworth (Corby, England) fought to a 7-5 doubles win in first doubles. Arocho and junior Aaron Sandberg (Hudson, Ohio) then won third doubles, 6-2. To close out the doubles matches against the Hoyas, sophomore Mladen Mitak (Zagreb, Croatia) and Walker posted the final Bears' win at 6-4 in fourth doubles.

Versus Navy, the Bears swept doubles action with Garcia/Sandberg (7-5 - first), Haworth/Litsky (6-2 - second), Mitak and sophomore Charles Tan (Austin, Texas) (6-2 - third), Da Silveira/Walker (6-1 - fourth) and Arocho/Bader (6-0 - fifth) recording victories.

Brown also swept Navy in singles, picking up eight wins from: Garcia (6-3, 6-2 - first), Haworth (6-4, 6-1 - second), Litsky (7-6 (3), 6-1 - third), Sandberg (2-6, 6-3, 10-7 - fourth), Tan (7-5, 6-4 - fifth), Arocho (6-1, 6-2 - seventh), Walker (6-3, 6-2 - eighth), Mitak (6-2, 6-3 - ninth) and Bader (6-0, 6-0 - 10th). 

Day Two

On the second day of action, the Bears again had strong play and swept Old Dominion. Garcia/Litsky took first doubles, 6-4 while Haworth/Tan won second doubles, 6-2. Sandberg/Arocho finished the doubles action with a convincing 6-0 win in the third spot.  

In singles play against the Monarchs, Garcia got the team started in first singles with a 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (7) win. Haworth was next in the second spot, posting a 7-6 (5), 2-6, 1-0 (4) victory. Litsky followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win in third and Sandberg won 7-5, 6-1 in fourth singles. Tan won his fifth singles match, 6-2, 6-0 and Walker closed it out in sixth singles, 6-3, 6-0.

Brown played Georgetown again on day two, but this time just in singles. Litsky recorded a third singles win (6-1, 6-1) with Tan (6-3, 7-5 - sixth) and Walker (6-0, 6-1 - seventh) also winning matches for the Bears.

Day Three

On the final day of competition, the Bears squared off against William & Mary and again had a solid performance. A duo of Garcia/Litsky started the Bears' doubles off with a 6-4 win in the first spot. Haworth/Tan also posted a 6-4 win in second doubles. A team of Sandberg/Arocho concluded doubles with a 6-3 showing in third. 

For singles, Brown received wins from Litsky (6-3, 6-3) in third singles, Arocho (60, 6-2) in fourth singles and Sandberg (6-3, 6-3) in the sixth spot.