Men’s tennis splits week’s games

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Denis Gostev | Baruch Athletics

Dani Heba, Copy Editor

The Baruch College Bearcats men’s tennis team split a week of games, winning a 90 blowout at Purchase College on March 22 and barely losing at Manhattanville College 45 on March 27. Their scheduled game versus York College on March 24 was postponed.

The team bounced back from a 1-8 loss versus the New Jersey City University Gothic Knights on March 15 in great fashion, with a sweep against the Purchase College Panthers in Purchase, NY.

As the score suggests, it wasn’t a close game at all.

The No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches, led by Abhinav Srivastava and Nicholas Santiago for the Bearcats and Philip Dwan and Piers Seidman for the Panthers, both ended in an 8-2 victory for Baruch.

The No. 2 doubles match was a complete sweep, with Jim Bauer and Hudson Kaylie blowing out the Panthers’ Simon Montalvo and David Goldstein 8-0.

The only close game of the afternoon came in the No. 1 singles match, where Srivastava won 2-1 versus the Panthers’ Julian Szuper. They split the first two sets, with Szuper winning the first 7-5 and Srivastava winning the second 6-4. Srivastava won the tiebreaker 12-10.

The No. 2 singles match saw a clean sweep by Bauer, who defeated Ben Joory 2-0, winning each set 6-0.

The No. 3-6 singles matches all ended in two sets as well, with the Panthers’ players winning at most two games in any given set.

However, fortunes turned for the Bearcats when they played the Manhattanville College Valiants on March 27 during their second stop in Purchase, NY.

The Valiants snagged the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches, giving them a 2-1 edge to start off the afternoon.

The Bearcats’ doubles win came in the No. 1 match, with Christopher Tham and Srivastava winning the match by an 8-5 margin.

Unfortunately, the Bearcats couldn’t claw back in the game during the singles matches, with the Valiants and Bearcats splitting the singles matches 3-3 to give the Valiants a narrow 5-4 win in the afternoon.

Both the Bearcats and the Valiants posted fairly dominant wins during their singles matchups.

For the No. 1 match, Tham beat the Valiant’s James Hourihan 2-0, winning the first and second sets 6-4 and 6-1, respectively.

Srivastava defeated the Valiant’s Ryan Rosenberg in dominant fashion in the No. 2 match,  splitting the sets 6-0 and 6-2..

Bauer defeated the Valiant’s Luis Gonzalez in a similarly dominant manner in the No. 3 match, also winning in two sets, 6-0 and 6-2, respectively.

Unfortunately, the Bearcats’ singles wins ended here.

Hudson Kaylie lost in two sets to the Valiant’s Weston Goodwin by a 3-6 margin in both sets in the No. 4 match.

In the no. 5 matchup, Liam Cooper lost to the Valiant’s Nick Schlapak in two sets as well, splitting them 3-6 and 2-6, respectively.

For the No. 6 matchup, Piers Seidman lost to the Valiant’s Dylan Crowley in two sets, 3-6 and 16, respectively.

After their performance this week, Srivastava was selected as the CUNY Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Bauer the Rookie of the Week.

This coming week, the Bearcats look to brush aside their heartbreaking loss against the Valiants and carry their momentum from the 9-0 win versus the Panthers to their March 31 game at Farmingdale State College and to April 2, their first conference match at Hunter College.