Monday, June 17, 2024

W&M Men’s Tennis Win Streak Snapped at UNCW

(Tribe Athletics)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — No. 71 William & Mary’s four-match win streak came to an end at the hands of defending CAA Champion UNCW, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon.

A day after a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 win over New Mexico in which the Tribe (9-7, 1-3 CAA) rallied after dropping the doubles point and the first set in all six singles match, W&M could not find the same magic on Sunday. UNCW (7-5, 2-0 CAA) claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3, before winning the first three singles matches off the court to record the league victory.

Graduate student Satchel Benn and freshman Oliver Hague won their eighth in a row at No. 2 doubles to pull the Tribe even in pairs competition. The Tribe duo topped Jordi Domenech and Jonathan Baron, 6-3, to improve to 13-5 overall and 9-4 at No. 2.

In singles, UNCW won the first set in five of six singles matches and claimed straight sets victories at No. 1 and No. 3. W&M mounted a comeback forcing third sets at No. 4 and No. 6.

Benn took the opening set from Bekhzod Rasamatov by a 7-5 scoreline at No. 2, before the Seahawk player forced a third set by claiming the second.

Graduate student Bill Duo (No. 6) and Hague responded by winning the second set at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively. Unfortunately, UNCW’s Gabriel Hurtado bounced back to clinch the team victory by taking the third set from Hague.

Up Next
The Tribe hits the road next week at No. 49 Liberty on Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m.

UNCW 4, #71 William & Mary 0

Singles
No. 1 – Harold Huens (UNCW) def. Alexandre Leblanc (W&M) – 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 – Satchel Benn (W&M) vs. Bekhzod Rasamatov (UNCW) – DNF, 7-5, 2-6
No. 3 – Reece Falck (UNCW) def. Konstantinos Raptis (W&M) – 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 – Gabriel Hurtado (UNCW) def. Oliver Hague (W&M) – 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
No. 5 – Albert Hansen (W&M) vs. Trey Mallory (UNCW) – DNF, 6-7 (3), 2-4
No. 6 – Bill Duo (W&M) vs. Jordi Domenech (UNCW) – DNF, 1-6, 6-3, 2-2
Finishing Order: 3, 1, 4*

Doubles
No. 1 – Falck/Huens (UNCW) def. Duo/Raptis (W&M) – 6-3
No. 2 – Benn/Hague (W&M) def. Baron/Domenech (UNCW) – 6-3
No. 3 – Hurtado/Mallory (UNCW) def. Leblanc/Bortnichek (W&M) – 6-4
Finishing Order: 1, 2, 3*

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