NEWARK, Del. –
The Temple men's tennis team lost the doubles point and was tied at 3-3 with one singles match remaining before Kacper Rams
came through in the clutch with a three-set thriller at No. 1 to clinch a 4-3 win over Delaware at the Delaware Field House Courts on Tuesday afternoon. TU improves to 6-7 overall.
The Bluehens (3-4) took the first and third doubles flights to claim the doubles point. Kristian Marquart
and Dmitry Vizhunov
salvaged the sweep with an 8-6 win at No. 2.
The host team took a 2-0 lead after a win at No. 2 singles, but Hernan Vasconez
got the Owls on the board with his 6-3, 6-2 win over Evan Andrews at the sixth flight. Stanislav Stekolshikov
tied it up at 2-2 when he hung on to defeat Andre Vorobyov 6-2, 7-6(5) at flight three.
put the Cherry and White ahead 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 decision against Ryan Kent at No. 5, before Nolan Gelman tied it up again with a tough three-set win over Marquart, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, at the fourth flight with just one bout remaining.
Rams, playing at No. 1 for just the third time in his career, dropped the first set 3-6 and narrowly came back to win the second, 7-5. The junior finished off the comeback with a decisive 6-1 third set win over Troy Beneck, clinching the victory for TU.
“Today was a good win considering we were playing without two of our starters, Filip Rams
and Taylor Hairston
,” said head coach Steve Mauro
. “We got an especially great performance from Kacper Rams
at No. 1 to clinch the victory for us.”
Temple returns home to play host to Fordham in a 10:45 a.m. match against the Atlantic 10 rival tomorrow. The match will be played at TU Pavilion.
Temple (6-7) 4, Delaware (3-4) 3
1. Kacper Rams
(TU) def. Troy Beneck (UD) 3-6 7-5 6-1
2. Adam Lawton (UD) def. Dmitry Vizhunov
(TU) 6-1 6-1
3. Stanislav Stekolshikov
(TU) def. Andre Vorobyov (UD) 6-2 7-6(5)
4. Nolan Gelman (UD) def. Kristian Marquart
(TU) 2-6 6-1 6-2
5. Mansur Gishkaev
(TU) def. Ryan Kent (UD) 6-4 6-4
6. Hernan Vasconez
(TU) def. Evan Andrews (UD) 6-3 6-2
1. Beneck/Lawton (UD) def. Gishkaev/Stekolshikov (TU) 8-2
2. Marquart/Vizhunov (TU) def. Kent/Vorobyov (UD) 8-6
3. Andrews/Gelman (UD) def. K. Rams/Vasconez (TU) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)