Zachary Novick Clinches Victory with Win at No. 5 Singles
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- The Washington College men's tennis team improved to 4-0 on the season with a convincing 8-1 non-conference win over visiting Texas-Dallas this afternoon at Schottland Tennis Center. The match featured regionally ranked teams from the Atlantic South, where the Shoremen are slotted at 19th, and the West, where the Comets (0-2) check in at 15th.
The Shoremen staked out a 1-0 lead in the match thanks to a tidy 8-1 win by seniors Dan Boaté (West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson) and Vishnu Rajes (Yercaud, India/St. John's) over Kalee Kuhn and Ryan Morton at No. 1 doubles. The Comets evened the score courtesy of an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles for Grant Norris and Adrian Lie over sophomore Zachary Novick (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) and freshman Justin Panepinto (Cary, N.C./Middle Creek). Washington regained the lead when senior Ryan Holtschneider (Kingsville, Md./Perry Hall) and sophomore Jeremy Novick (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) completed a 9-7 win over Hrudhay Ravula and Andres Peirano at No. 2 doubles. Holtschneider and Jeremy Novick led No. 3 doubles, 7-2, before Ravula and Pierano won five straight games to tie the score. Holtschneider and Novick won the final two games, however, to take the point.
Panepinto accounted for the Shoremen's third point with a 6-1, 6-2, win against Periano at No. 6 singles, winning his match with an ace. Rajes then added a 6-0, 6-1, win over Ravula at No. 1 singles to run the score of the match to 4-1 in favor of the Shoremen. Rajes improved to 4-0 on the season at No. 1 singles with the win, already surpassing his total number of wins at that spot from all of last spring.
Zachary Novick clinched the victory for the Shoremen when he finished off his 6-1, 6-1, win over Lie at No. 5 singles. Zachary's brother Jeremy followed with his 6-1, 6-4, win over Norris at No. 4 to make the score 6-1. Holtschneider rallied for an improbable 1-6, 7-5, 10-4, win against Kuhn at No. 3. He trailed the second set, 5-2, and fought off two match points before forcing the super-tiebreaker. Boaté finished things off with a 6-4, 7-6(3), triumph against Morton at No. 2.
The Shoremen open Centennial Conference play Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. home match against McDaniel.