Men's Tennis Splits Matches on Opening Weekend
Jan. 25, 2014
FINAL: Detroit 4, Duquesne 3
LOCATION: Southfield, Mich.
VENUE: Franklin Athletic Club
QUICK RECAP: The Duquesne men's tennis team opened up the 2014 Spring season by falling to Detroit 4-3 on Friday evening. After sweeping the doubles point, the Titans took four of the six singles matches.
FINAL: Duquesne 4, Toledo3
LOCATION: Maumee, Ohio
VENUE: Shadow Valley Tennis Club
QUICK RECAP (written by senior Max Rubin): The Duquesne men's tennis team defeated non-conference rival Toledo by a score of 4-3. With the Victory, the Dukes are now 1-1 on the season.
The Dukes were unable to win the doubles point as Toledo came out quick on the extremely fast surface at the Shadow Valley Tennis Club. While the team of Aleman and Carpenter were able to quickly adjust to odd court speeds taking the match 6-1, the Dukes fell short on courts two and three.
After doubles, it was clear that the Dukes had figured out how to utilize the fast-paced courts. Duquesne rebounded quickly after dropping the doubles point. Senior co-captain Max Rubin said. "It was a tough transition going from the slow courts at Detroit to the speedy courts at Toledo, but after doubles I was confident that we were adjusted and ready to play our game." Rubin was correct, the Dukes coasted through 4 straight set victories to seal the deal winning at the #3, #4, #5, and #6 spots.
Singles was full of energy as both sides came out particularly vocal and energetic. The first to finish was Corey Robinson, he claimed a decisive 6-0, 6-3 win at the number four position. Junior Mehdi Mekaoui was the next to finish, he defeated Ben Brocker of UT 6-3, 6-4. The Dukes kept the momentum going as number three singles player Alex Aleman took down a solid Nicky Wong 6-3, 6-2. Shortly after Aleman's win, Rubin pulled out a straight set victory to clinch the game-winning point over the Rockets. The Dukes top two singles players Robbie and Carpenter were the last matches to finish and both were edged by Toledo in three-set battles. According to head coach of the Rockets Al Wermer "I'm positive we've had one of the toughest schedules of anyone in college tennis," Duquesne considers it an honor to be part of this all-star schedule.
Duquesne will resume play this weekend against two conference teams, St Bonaventure on Saturday and Richmond on Sunday. Both matches will be played at Alpha Tennis and Fitness of Pittsburgh.