Men's Tennis Continues Winning Ways
Feb. 11, 2013
Contribution from Dukes' junior Max Rubin
HARMAR, Pa. - The Duquesne men's tennis team won its fifth straight match this weekend after a pair of 6-1 victories against Bucknell and Niagara this past weekend.
The first match for the Dukes came against non-conference rival Bucknell. The Dukes came out energetic and focused taking the doubles point in just over 30 minutes. Alex Aleman and Pete Carpenter won at #1 by the score of 8-3 and Corey Robinson and Max Rubin were also 8-3 winners at #2. Rich Robbie and Ben Klaas were leading 6-5 when the deciding point was clinched.
The Dukes followed suit in singles with wins at #1, #2, #4, #5 and #6. Duquesne portrayed an image of confidence and composure throughout the match coming away with a 6-1 victory.
In Sunday's match against Niagara, the environment seemed slightly more hostile. With fans on the edge of their seats, the match "got a little chippy at times" said junior co-captain Rubin. The Dukes fell to Niagara 4-3 last year in a heartbreaking defeat which came down to a deciding match being played at #2 singles.
Duquesne came out with vengeance against the Purple Eagles. They got off to a quick start claiming victories at #1, #2 and #3 doubles. This "high energy tennis", which coach Joe Camillo tries best to instill in all of his players, was evident throughout the matches. The Dukes held nothing back during singles. The first singles win came at the #1 spot where Robbie defeated Brandon Gallegos in a quick straight set match 6-2, 6-2. Robbie's victory had a trickle-down effect among the rest of the team, which in turn led to singles wins from #2 Carpenter, #3 Robinson, #4 Aleman, and #5 Rubin.
Camillo summarized the weekend stating, "I was really proud of how hard the team fought. This weekend we had the challenge of facing two good teams and we truly rose to the occasion. I am looking forward to next week's match against Xavier and I am confident that we will continue to play great tennis."
"We played good, smart, simple tennis. We took over at net and played within ourselves," added Camillo.
The Duquesne/Xavier match will be Friday afternoon at Alpha Fitness and Tennis. Match time is 1:00 p.m.