MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – The University of the Sciences men's tennis team got its 2018-19 campaign off to a near-perfect start, defeating Millersville 6-1 in its season-opening dual match on Wednesday afternoon at the McComsey Tennis Courts.
Playing in its first match under the new scoring format, USciences won two-of-three doubles matches to earn the doubles point.
After Nathan Nguyen and Jack Kosiorowski paired for a 6-3 decision at the second flight, it was Sahas Chandragiri and Evan Halperin teaming for the decisive outcome at the third flight, a 7-6 (4) tiebreaker triumph.
With a duo on opposite ends of the spectrum, Nguyen's doubles victory was the 42nd of the senior's career, which moved him into second in program history. Meanwhile, the win for Kosiorowski was the first of the freshman's career.
Chandragiri's win gave him two this season, tying him with Novak for the team lead, while Halperin earned his first victory of the year.
University of the Sciences would go on to win 5-of-6 singles matches to close out the successful first dual.
Freshmen Markusic and Kosiorowski both won in straight sets, at the first and second flight, in their first career collegiate singles matches.
Also winning in straight sets was Chandragiri, who was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at No. 5 singles.
It took Nguyen and Rakesh Chamala three sets to take down their opponents. Nguyen was a 6-3 winner in his third set at the fourth flight, while Chamla won his super tiebreaker comfortably, 10-4, at the sixth flight.
USciences takes a break from dual play with the ITA East Regionals this weekend, which take place Sept. 14-17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
|1. Borna Markusic (USCI_M) def. C. Martinez-Lucas (MILL-M) 7-6 (5-0), 6-0|
|2. Jack Kosiorowski (USCI_M) def. Peter Landis (MILL-M) 7-5, 6-4|
|3. Ben Fellman (MILL-M) def. Borna Novak (USCI_M) 6-4, 6-2|
|4. Nathan Nguyen (USCI_M) def. Frank Yanni (MILL-M) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3|
|5. Sahas Chandragiri (USCI_M) def. Jose Alcazar (MILL-M) 6-2, 6-2|
|6. Rakesh Chamala (USCI_M) def. Pearson Clary (MILL-M) 7-6 (4-0), 6-7 (0-5), 10-4|
|1. C. Martinez-Lucas/Peter Landis (MILL-M) def. Borna Markusic/Borna Novak (USCI_M) 7-5|
|2. Jack Kosiorowski/Nathan Nguyen (USCI_M) def. Ben Fellman/Frank Yanni (MILL-M) 6-3|
|3. Sahas Chandragiri/Evan Halperin (USCI_M) def. Jose Alcazar/Pearson Clary (MILL-M) 7-6 (4-0)|