CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Visiting Dickinson College, the 18th-ranked team in the Atlantic South region, pulled out a 5-4 Centennial Conference men's tennis victory over host Washington College this afternoon at Schottland Tennis Center. The Red Devils (4-3, 2-1 Centennial) won the match when Josh Kaseff recorded a three-set win at No. 5 singles.
Kaseff battled for a 6-4, 0-6, 6-3, win over Washington sophomore Zachary Novick (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township). Novick bounced back from a slow start to roll through the second set as Kaseff played through cramps. In the third set, it was Novick who suffered some cramping as Kaseff closed things out.
The Shoremen (8-4, 2-3) and Red Devils split the first two doubles matches to finish as Kaseff and Evan Davis topped Zachary Novick and freshman Justin Panepinto (Cary, N.C./Middle Creek), 8-3, for a win for Dickinson at No. 3 and senior Ryan Holtschneider (Kingsville, Md./Perry Hall) and sophomore Jeremy Novick (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) defeated Joey Frank and Samuel Loring, 8-4, at No. 2 for a point for Washington. The Shoremen took a 2-1 lead when seniors Dan Boaté (West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson) and Vishnu Rajes (Yercaud, India/St. John's) completed a 9-8 win at No. 1 against Steven Kaplan and Clark Chapman.
Jeremy Novick gave the Shoremen a 3-1 lead with a 6-2, 6-1, win against Shawn Diniz at No. 4 singles before Loring picked up the Red Devils' second point with a 6-1, 6-1, win at No. 6. Rajes then made it 4-2 with a 6-2, 6-3, victory against Kaplan at No. 1. Chapman got the Red Devils back to within a point with a 6-3, 6-4, win against Holtschneider at No. 3. Frank then leveled the score with his 6-4, 6-2, win against Boaté at No. 2, setting up the dramatic finish.
The Shoremen return to action Friday with a 4:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home match against Muhlenberg.