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Men’s Tennis Opens Spring Season with 5-4 Triumph Over Saint Anselm in Florida

Men’s Tennis Opens Spring Season with 5-4 Triumph Over Saint Anselm in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla – The University of the Sciences men's tennis team began is spring season and spring break trip in exciting fashion, winning a thrilling 5-4 triumph over Saint Anselm on Sunday at the Lake Cane Tennis Center.

Despite losing 2-of-3 doubles matches by a combined five games, USciences (2-2) overcame the Hawks by winning four of the six singles matches, all of which were in straight sets.

Borna Novak and Nathan Nguyen carried their stellar doubles rapport from the fall into the spring, winning their fourth straight match to improve to 6-1 overall – and a perfect 4-0 in dual play – with an 8-2 decision at the first flight.

Those two also swept their respective singles opponents at the first and second flight.

Playing in his first No. 1 singles match of the season, Novak took a close first set, 6-4, before pulling away in the second set, 6-1, for his team-best second singles victory.

Nguyen meanwhile dropped just one game in his first second flight match of the season to move into a tie for ninth in program history with his 23 career victory. 

Also winning their second singles match of the year, in tight fashion, were Sahas Chandragiri and Rakesh Chamala.

Chandragiri won back-to-back 6-4 sets at No. 3 singles, while Chamala won consecutive 7-5 sets at the fifth flight.

University of the Sciences is back in action today at 12 p.m., facing off against Hampden-Sydney.

 

Results

Singles

1. Borna Novak (USCI_M) def. Eric Howes (STA) 6-4, 6-1

2. Nathan Nguyen (USCI_M) def. Adam Weinstein (STA) 6-0, 6-1

3. Sahas Chandragiri (USCI_M) def. Brian Kavanagh (STA) 6-4, 6-4

4. Daniel Kmetz (STA) def. Chandat Phan (USCI_M) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

5. Rakesh Chamala (USCI_M) def. Kyle Harris (STA) 7-5, 7-5

6. Benji Page (STA) def. Evan Halperin (USCI_M) 2-6, 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

1. Nathan Nguyen/Borna Novak (USCI_M) def. Eric Howes/Kyle Harris (STA) 8-2

2. Daniel Kmetz/Adam Weinstein (STA) def. Sahas Chandragiri/Chandat Phan (USCI_M) 8-6

3. Brian Kavanagh/Alex Pearson (STA) def. Rakesh Chamala/Bill Bentley (USCI_M) 8-5