DAYTON, Ohio - The Earlham College men's tennis team fell to NCAA Division II Daemen College 5-4 at The Force on Tuesday evening.
Earlham opened the match strong, winning two of the three doubles matches. Juniors Vitalii Stadnyk and Vojislav Tatarevic dispatched Fabian Wilde and Mark Veitengruber with a routine 8-3 win at first doubles. Freshman Fernando Bulnes Aramburu and Oliver Daniel were next off of the court, winning their third doubles match 8-4.
Freshman Joaquin Lerner and Alexsandr Sergeev were on serve late into their second doubles match, but David Gonzalez Villegas and Ricardo Ruiz Martinez used a late break to secure an 8-6 win.
Due to court availability, the top three flights were put on the three courts to begin singles competition. Unfortunately for the Quakers, Daemen came out on top of all three matches. Stadnyk fell to Gonzalez Villegas 6-4, 7-6 (6) at first singles while sophomore Adarsh Singh lost 7-6 (5), 6-0 at second singles. Bulnes Aramburu lost to Wilde 6-4, 6-3 at third singles.
Trailing 4-2, the Quakers needed to win the final three singles flights to secure the match. Tatarevic won his fifth singles match in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, and Lerner followed by winning a third set super tiebreaker over Andrew LeMar 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (8) at sixth singles. Sergeev won the first set at fourth singles, but dropped the second and lost the third set super tiebreaker 10-8.
The Quakers stand at an even 3-3 on the season and will face five teams from five different states on their spring trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina, next week.