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Men’s Tennis Rallies as Season-Opening Dual Suspended Due to Darkness, Moved to UPenn

Men’s Tennis Rallies as Season-Opening Dual Suspended Due to Darkness, Moved to UPenn

PHILADELPHIA – In a match suspended by darkness at the McNeil Tennis Courts before being completed down the road at the University of the Pennsylvania, the University of the Sciences men's tennis team opened its dual season with a 6-3 victory over Millersville on Thursday.

Millersville actually won three of the first four matches, including two of the three doubles matches, before USciences stormed back to win the final five.

After Millersville won the first two doubles matches, it was Nathan Nguyen and Borna Novak getting University of the Sciences on the board in a thrilling 9-8 (2) tiebreaker victory.

Millersville also won the first singles match before USciences won the final five, beginning with Sahas Chandragiri's three set triumph, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2, at the third flight.

It was then Novak continuing the momentum with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win at No. 2 singles to even the score at 3-3 heading into the final three matches.   

University of the Sciences took two of those three matches in straight sets, with Chandat Phan and Rakesh Chamala sweeping their respective No. 4 and No. 5 opponents.  

The match of the day may have been Evan Halperin's sixth flight triumph via a third set tiebreaker, which he prevailed in by the narrowest of margins - 11-9.

University of the Sciences hits the road this Sunday, Oct. 1, for a 12 p.m. match at St. Thomas Aquinas.   

Singles Results

1. Peter Landis (MILL-M) def. Nathan Nguyen (USCI_M) 6-1, 6-1

2. Borna Novak (USCI_M) def. Jose Alcazar (MILL-M) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

3. Sahas Chandragiri (USCI_M) def. Ben Fellman (MILL-M) 6-2, 0-6, 6-2

4. Chandat Phan (USCI_M) def. Christian Akerley (MILL-M) 6-3, 7-5

5. Rakesh Chamala (USCI_M) def. Calvin Athey (MILL-M) 7-6, 6-3

6. Evan Halperin (USCI_M) def. Erich Nagel (MILL-M) 6-3, 2-6, 11-9

Doubles Results

1. Nathan Nguyen/Borna Novak (USCI_M) def. Peter Landis/Jose Alcazar (MILL-M) 9-8 (7-2)

2. Ben Fellman/Christian Akerley (MILL-M) def. Sahas Chandragiri/Rakesh Chamala (USCI_M) 8-5

3. Calvin Athey/Brandon Miller (MILL-M) def. Chandat Phan/Bill Bentley (USCI_M) 8-4

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)