By Christopher Jones – [email protected] – Staff Writer | April 1, 2015 |
The UNC Asheville Bulldogs’ men’s tennis team swept the North Greenville University Crusaders Tuesday afternoon to the tune of seven matches to none without dropping a set.
The Bulldogs broke a two-game losing streak with the win over the Crusaders, improved their record to 9-3 and dropped North Greenville to 5-6 overall.
UNCA won all three men’s double matches. UNCA’s No. 1 doubles team consisting of Brett Landau and Alex Croker, both juniors, defeated the Crusaders No. 1 doubles team of Jose Gomez and Sergio Araujo to the score of 8-3 and improved their record together to 7-4 on the season.
John Schubel, senior, and Thomas Orestis-Panoulas, junior, the Bulldogs No. 2 Doubles team, contributed a 8-3 finish over North Greenville’s Sjors van Eck and Marcelo Yshikawa. Closing out the Bulldogs’ doubles action for the day was Josh Swindler, sophomore, and Daniel Kripak, junior, cruising to an 8-1 win at No. 3 over North Greenville’s Alejandro Torre and Santiago Robles.
“We were coming off of two straight losses, and a win here will help us get our confidence back before we get back to playing a lot more conference matches in the next week and a half to two weeks,” Landau said.
Moving on to men’s singles play, the Bulldogs swept the Crusaders 4-0.
Daniel Kripak at No. 1 singles rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Sjors van Eck, improving his overall record to 7-5 on the season. In No. 2 singles action, Alex Croker was victorious over Alex Araujo with 6-3, 6-4 win. Croker improved his team-leading record to 8-2 on the season for the Bulldogs. On the No. 3 court, UNCA’s Josh Swindler scored a 6-0, 7-5 win over Jose Gomez, improving his record to 7-4 overall. Following Swindler’s lead, Schubel rounded out a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Santiago Robles. Schubel improved his record to 6-2 on the year in singles play.
“This is a good win for us, we got a chance to go out there and work on some things we need to improve on before we go on to play some big conference matches,” Schubel said. “Also we have the conference tournament coming up, and we have to make sure we work on and execute on our game plans and what we are suppose to do out there on the court.”
At No. 5 and No. 6 singles, Bulldogs’ Will Goldberg, senior, and Reid Dillon, sophomore, closed out the singles afternoon play with straight set wins over Torre and Yshikawa.
Brianna Sheehan, senior, came out to watch the Bulldogs win their first match in their last three tries.
“I came out to support Reid Dillon and the team today. This is my first Bulldog tennis match of the season, and I’m planning to come out to more because it was really fun,” Sheehan said.