Men's Tennis Takes Third at Atlantic 10 Championship

Men's Tennis Takes Third at Atlantic 10 Championship

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After suffering a disappointing loss to Xavier just the day before, the third-seeded Temple men's tennis team rebounded with a 4-3 win over fourth-seeded Duquesne to claim third place at the Atlantic 10 Championship on Sunday, April 17. The finish is TU's highest since also placing third in 2006.

The Owls took a 1-0 lead after two doubles match wins at numbers one and three. Junior Filip Rams and freshman Taylor Hairston opened up play with an 8-2 win over Max Rubin and Steve Herchko. Junior Dmitry Vizhunov and sophomore Kacper Rams wrapped up the point with an 8-3 decision at the third flight over Pete Carpenter and Kyle O'Leary.

In singles play, Aram Abgaryan made it a 1-1 match when Filip Rams retired in the second set at number one. Kacper Rams then defeated Rubin, 6-4, 6-4, at number four to regain the lead. The Dukes earned wins at numbers two and five to jump ahead, 3-2, with two matches remaining.

At number three, Vizhunov needed a tiebreaker to win the first set over Michael Rasner, 7-6 (5), and then handled him easily in the second, 6-2, to push it back to a 3-3 match. It all came down to the sixth flight between Gishkaev and O'Leary. Gishkaev took the first set, 6-4, before being pushed to the limit in the second set but ultimately prevailing, 7-6 (5), to give Temple the win.

The Owls are 18-8 overall and will conclude their season on Tuesday, April 19, with a 2:30 p.m. match against Villanova at TU Pavilion.

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