Men's Tennis Advances to A-10 Semifinals After 4-1 Victory Over Saint Joseph's
April 18, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Duquesne men's tennis team, seeded #3, advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinal round for the third time in five seasons after defeating #6 seed Saint Joseph's 4-1 on Friday afternoon.
Duquesne began the match off by winning the doubles point. The team of Rich Robbie and Harry Walshe started things off at #3 double with a 8-2 win over the Hawks' Dan Barrus and Paranjay Malhotra. At #1, Pete Carpenter and Alex Aleman were 8-3 winners over Pierre Brondeau and Jose Sierra. The doubles point was decided before the team of Corey Robinson and Max Rubin could finish their match against Kyle Chalmers and Andres Urrea at #2.
In singles, Aleman was the first to finish, defeating Barrus 6-2, 6-0 at #3. Sierra was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Robbie at #1. Carpenter defeated Brondeau 6-4, 6-1 at #2 and Mehdi Mekaoui had the match clinching victory at #6 singles with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Tristan Boustany.
Robinson (#4) and Rubin (#5) both were in progress when the match ended.
Up next for Duquesne (16-5) is #2 seed VCU (14-12) at 1:00 p.m. The Rams, the A-10 champions, defeated Fordham to advance to the semifinals. VCU was ranked #50 in the latest ITA National Team Rankings. The Rams have one nationally ranked singles player (Alexis Heugas #67) and a nationally ranked doubles team (Heugas and Nick Jones).