Men's Tennis Defeats Temple 5-2
March 13, 2013
HARMAR, Pa. - The Duqusne men's tennis defeated Atlantic 10 Conference rival Temple on Wednesday by a score of 5-2. With the Victory, the Dukes improve to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
The competition took almost four hours to complete. Tensions were high with both teams as it was clear that the match meant a lot to both parties. After a come-from-behind victory last year for Duquesne, the Dukes were determined to get off to a quicker start this time.
The doubles point was up in the air as all three matches were hard fought. The first win came from Alex Aleman and Pete Carpenter at #1 doubles with a score of 8-5. Securing the point was junior Max Rubin and freshman Corey Robinson as they topped Temple's Kacper Rams and Santiago Canete, 8-5. The third doubles court fell in favor of Temple as they topped Rich Robbie and Ben Klaas 9-8(11).
Singles was full of energy as both sides came out extremely vocal and energetic. The first to finish was Harry Walshe as he claimed a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win at the number six position. Temple responded immediately picking up a win at the number three spot. The Dukes rallied to win three out of the last four matches at the #1, #4, and #5 spot. Number four singles Alex Aleman clinched the match for Duquesne with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory.
Rubin said, "I think it was great to see the guys step up and stay focused. The key to winning this match was staying focused on tennis and not letting outside influences alter the outcome of this match."
The is the final A-10 match between the Dukes and Owls, who are moving to another league next season.
Duquesne will face Dayton (Friday, 1:30 p.m.) and Saint Joseph's (Saturday, 10:00 a.m.) this weekend at home.