Men's tennis gets first victory on two-match day in Orlando

Men's tennis gets first victory on two-match day in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College men's tennis team earned its first victory of the season, downing Otterbein, 5-4, after losing to Aquinas, 9-0, on a two-match day in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday.

Aquinas 9, Saint Anselm 0 | Box

In the team's first match of the day, Aquinas (9-3) blanked Saint Anselm (0-8), 9-0, dropping seven games in doubles and posting five straight-set singles victories. The Saints were ranked No. 23 in the country in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men's Tennis Top 25 Coaches' Poll.

In doubles, the closest match came at the top spot, where Jordan Lomas and Chase Peery defeated Eric Howes and Kyle Harris by an 8-4 margin. The Saints lost just three games in the other two matches.

The lone singles match to go to a deciding super tiebreak was the No. 4 singles match between Henry Hedeman and Daniel Kmetz. Kmetz won the first set, 6-3, before Hedeman rallied to win the second, 6-0, and take the super tiebreak by a 10-7 score. Benji Page pushed Evan Taylor in both sets before falling 7-5, 6-4 at No. 6 singles.

Saint Anselm 5, Otterbein 4 | Box

In a night match played on clay at the United States Tennis Association National Campus, Saint Anselm (1-8) used four singles victories, including wins at the top-three spots, to defeat Otterbein (5-3) and pick up its first win of the season.

The Cardinals led 2-1 after doubles thanks to victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots with both triumphs coming after Brian Kavanagh and Adam Weinstein recorded an 8-3 victory at No. 2 doubles. Kavanagh and Weinstein were playing their first match together of the season.

In singles, the Hawks won the first four matches to finish to clinch the team victory. Kavanagh claimed a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles before Page compiled a 7-5, 6-1 win at the sixth spot to give Saint Anselm a 3-2 lead.

Howes was victorious 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 atop the lineup and Weinstein put together a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles to wrap up the victory. The matches at No. 4 and No. 5 singles both went to a deciding  super tiebreak but the Cardinals claimed both deciders.

Saint Anselm returns to Oak Street Park Community Center to face another NAIA opponent, Roosevelt University, on Friday, March 9 at 12 p.m.