SAINT LOUIS, Mo. –
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.