Spartan Men / Sports

NSU Overcomes NCCU Rally in 4-3 Win

Daniel Grauel

Daniel Grauel

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central rallied to tie it up at 3-3, but the Norfolk State men’s tennis team won the last singles match of the day to defeat the Eagles by a 4-3 score on Tuesday afternoon at the Elmira Tennis Courts.

The Spartans picked up their first MEAC win of the season after winning the doubles point and then the first two singles matches. After the Eagles won the next three, freshman Fatehdeep Singh ended the contest with a victory at No. 5 singles.

Singh had to rally, though, after dropping the first set against Thomas Persico, 6-4. Singh won the second set by a 7-6 score after winning the tiebreaker, 7-5. He had a much easier time in the third set, a 6-1 triumph.

He helped NSU improve to 3-12 overall and 1-3 in conference play. NCCU fell to 5-7 and 1-3.

NSU started off by winning the doubles point. Senior Pascal Domnik and freshman Antonio Pejic won at No. 1 doubles, 8-2, over Daniil Gerasimov and Fabrice George. At the third spot, seniors Daniel Grauel and Igor Braga downed Persico and William East, 8-4.

Singh and senior Shaheed Mourillon-Swift were down 6-3 at the second position to Kert Kilumets and Tamina Kienka when the match was called.

Domnik defeated Kilumets, 6-0 and 6-3, at the No. 1 singles position, while Grauel took out George by a 6-2, 6-0 score at the fourth slot in the lineup.

At No. 2 singles, Gerasimov won in straight sets over Braga, 6-2 and 6-2, and Kienka swept Mourillon-Swift at the sixth position, 6-0 and 6-0. East, meanwhile, needed two tiebreakers to win at the No. 3 spot. He defeated Pejic by a 7-4 tiebreaker score to win the first set and also won the third set in tiebreaker, 7-5. He won both sets, 7-6, while Pejic won the second set, 6-3.

“It was a great win for our men’s players,” said head coach Worth Richardson. “We just haven’t been able to get our feet under us this spring, but this win today certainly helps steady the ship. We’ll look to build off it as our season continues.”

The Spartans will face UMES and Coppin State this Friday and Saturday at Coppin State.