CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s tennis team, led by dominant doubles play, continued its strong Fall campaign at the UVA Fall Classic.
“This tournament is full of strong competition and teams that are playing in the NCAA tournament every year,” said men’s head tennis coach Jay Bruner. “We have the chance to play against schools we don’t normally see in the spring, so it provides a good opportunity for us to face off against some new opponents.”
In doubles play, the Cougars were stellar, capturing two flight championships. The duo of Josh Record (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Stephen Hardy (Fairfax, Va.) played especially well, going 3-0 on the weekend. The sophomore tandem of Zack Lewis (Richmond, Ky.) and Matt Daly (Raleigh, N.C.) also went undefeated.
Hardy and Record kicked off their undefeated run by defeating a team from Liberty before moving on to defeat Hung and Juggins from William and Mary 8-5 to advance to the finals. In a title-deciding showdown, they dispatched of Penn State duo David Kohan and Chris Young, 8-5.
Lewis and Daly followed suit taking down Bybel and Lynch from Bucknell University to start off the weekend, before ousting the second-seeded pairing from Norfolk State, 8-2. They rounded out their perfect weekend by taking out Coastal Carolina’s Garik Yedigarian and Ted Nillson, 8-7, to claim the flight championship.
In singles play, the cougars picked up 16 wins over the weekend., highlighted by Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile) and Alon Faiman (Ramat Hasharon, Israel) who both went 3-1. The senior, Lesser, started off the weekend with a tough loss to Nikita Fomin of Gorge Washington before regrouping to dispatch Dilon Segur of Liberty 6-3,6-3. Lesser then battled through a tough semifinal match against Penn State’s Nika Dolidize where he won 6-4,4-6,10-5 to move to the final. In the deciding match, he defeated Sebastian Salinas ofJames Madison in three sets, 6-2,2-6,10-2.
Junior Alon Faiman showed similar toughness to bounce back from a first round loss to win three in a row. He began his streak with a hard fought 3 set win against Jacob Svensson from VCU where he came out on top, 2-6,6-3,10-4. He then defeated Peter Pello of NorfolkState 6-0,6-0 to advance to the final of the draw where he defeated Ricardo Pabon of ETSU 6-2,6-3.
“We had some solid results over the weekend and continued to improve and get confidence with each match,” said Bruner. “That is key for us this fall as we try to get better and get tough match experience. The team came together this weekend and we were able to get the types of results that we need.”