Men’s tennis team serves up ECAC title

Over the weekend in Philadelphia, the Quakers won their first ECAC Championship in 12 years.

Men's tennis players and coaches pose with the 2019 ECAC Championship banner.

Ending a 12-year drought, the men’s tennis team won the ECAC Division I Indoor Tennis Championship this past weekend at the Hecht Tennis Center. 

Penn entered the seven-team field as the fifth seed. The other participants were Dartmouth, Yale, Brown, Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell. 

In the opening round on Friday afternoon, the Quakers defeated No. 4-seeded Cornell 4-0. Senior Dmitry Shatalin opened singles competition with a win over Pietro Rimondini in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Red & Blue bested top-seeded Dartmouth, the defending Ivy League champions, 4-3.

Max Cancilla prepares to serve the ball.
Junior Max Cancilla defeated Harvard’s Constantin Zoske 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, to clinch the ECAC Championship.

Senior Kyle Mautner, Penn’s No. 1 singles player, earned a win against Charlie Broom, the No. 34-ranked player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Mautner, a three-time First-Team All-Ivy selection, won both sets 7-5, 7-5.

Versus No. 3-seeded Harvard in the finale on Sunday, the Red & Blue topped the Crimson 4-3 to take home the title. The contest was decided in the final match. Junior Max Cancilla defeated Constantin Zoske 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, to clinch the championship.

The Quakers, winners of eight straight, are 9-0 at home and 9-1 overall. Their only loss came against No. 11 Baylor. They finished their fall season with 15 wins, the most since 2006.