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Novak Wins Twice as Men’s Tennis Opens Season at TCNJ’s Lions Doubles Tournament

Novak Wins Twice as Men’s Tennis Opens Season at TCNJ’s Lions Doubles Tournament

EWING, N.J. – Senior Borna Novak won two matches, one with junior Sahas Chandragiri and the other with freshman Borna Markusic, as the University of the Sciences men's tennis team opened its 2018-19 season at The College of New Jersey's Lions Doubles Tournament on Sunday. 

After opening the day with a loss Novak paired with Chandragiri for an 8-7 tiebreak triumph over a duo from Ottawa University, prevailing in the tiebreaker 7-5, before teaming with Markusic for the rookies' first-ever win; an 8-5 decision over opponents from TCNJ.

Chandragiri also came close to a second victory, as he and Evan Halperin fell 6-8 to a team from TCNJ. 

With Rakesh Chamala and Nathan Nguyen also competing on Sunday, the Devils never repeated a pairing to get a look at potential partnerships for the upcoming campaign. 

Halperin and Chamala were on the wrong side of a tiebreaker, 4-7, to come up just short of beginning the season with an opening-day victory.

USciences plays its first dual match of the season next Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Millersville, before returning to action at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association East Regionals – hosted at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. – on Sept. 14-17. 


USciences Results

Matt Puig/Justin Wain (TCNJ) def. Borna Novak/Nathan Nguyen (University of the Sciences) 8-3

Andrew Mok/Sean Reilly (TCNJ) def. Evan Halperin/Sahas Chandragiri (University of the Sciences) 8-6

Golubovic/Mekasha Tadious (Ottawa University) def. Borna Markusic/Rakesh Chamala (University of the Sciences) 8-5

Tim Gavornik/Matthew Michibata (TCNJ) def. Borna Markusic/Nathan Nguyen (University of the Sciences) 8-4

 Mikhael Kadyrkaev/Jacob Kaminsky (TCNJ) def. Evan Halperin/Rakesh Chamala (University of the Sciences) 8-7 (7-4)

Borna Novak/Sahas Chandragiri (University of the Sciences) def. Golubovic/Mekasha Tadious (Ottawa University) 8-7 (7-5)

Borna Novak/Borna Markusic (University of the Sciences) def. Tim Gavornik/Matthew Michibata (TCNJ) 8-5

Nikola Kilibarda/Sean Reilly (TCNJ) def. Evan Halperin/Rakesh Chamala (University of the Sciences) 8-5

Lukas Michenka/Claudio Quinones (Ottawa University) def. Nathan Nguyen/Sahas Chandragiri (University of the Sciences) 8-4