HILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina – The Earlham College men's tennis team opened its spring trip by splitting a pair of matches on Monday, falling to the University of St. Thomas 9-0 and defeating Virginia Wesleyan College 9-0.
In the loss to St. Thomas, Earlham nearly won first doubles, but juniors Vitalii Stadnyk and Vojislav Tatarevic could not win the tiebreaker, falling to Luke Elifson and Marty Deck 9-8 (3). Sophomore Nicola Manni and freshman Alexsandr Sergeev lost their second doubles match 8-6 while the Tommies won third doubles 8-1.
St. Thomas won all six singles matches by default.
In the sweep of Virginia Wesleyan, Stadnyk and Tatarevic avenged their first doubles loss to St. Thomas by defeating Nick Gunther and Brendan Kelleher 8-2. Sergeev partnered with freshman Joaquin Lerner at second doubles to edge Paul Gladstone and Joe Holloway 8-5. The Quakers also won third doubles 8-5.
Earlham won all six singles flights in straight sets. Stadnyk, freshman Fernando Bulnes Aramburu, Sergeev, and Manni won first, second, fourth, and sixth singles respectively yielding no more than three games in any set.
Sophomore Adarsh Singh took down Andreas Combos 6-3, 7-6 (4) at third singles while Tatarevic defeated Holloway 6-1, 6-4 at fifth singles.
Earlham's record stands at 4-4 on the season. The Quakers return to action against Union College (New York) at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday).