BETHLEHEM, Pa. –
Things started slowly for the Temple men's tennis team as it dropped the doubles point, but the Owls came through in singles on the way to a 5-2 victory at Lehigh on Thursday evening. The match was played at the Lewis Tennis Center on Lehigh's campus.
The doubles point came down to the No. 1 teams after the Mountain Hawks and TU split at the second and third flights. After LU took the match at No. 2, Kristian Marquart
and Vineet Naran
responded with an 8-4 victory at No. 3. With the first flight deciding the point, Filip Stipcic
and Hernan Vasconez
put up a good fight, but it was ultimately Mark Goldberg and Mitchell Petersen winning in a tiebreak, 8-7(1).
"It was a strong performance for the men today," said head coach Steve Mauro
. "Doubles could have gone either way, but I'm really happy with how we're progressing."
The Owls quickly went ahead 3-1 with singles wins at two, three and four, before Lehigh got back within one with a first flight victory. Hernan Vasconez
put the match away, however, with his 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 5 over Timur Chernykh. Santiago Canete
finished out the match with his come-from-behind win at No. 6 (3-6, 6-2, 6-2) for the final 5-2 score.
"In singles, everyone stepped up today," commented Mauro. "We are improving at the right time and look to finish the season out strong."
Temple returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Villanova for an 11 a.m. match.
Temple (5-10) 5, Lehigh (8-5) 2
1. Mark Goldberg/Petersen (LU) def. Stipcic/Vasconez (TU) 8-7 (1)
2. Gilman/Kochman (LU) def. Paulus/Belkssir (TU) 8-3
3. Marquart/Vineet Naran
(TU) def. Chernykh/Hansen (LU) 8-4
Order of finish: 2,3,1
1. Ben Gilman
(LU) def. Nicolas Paulus
(TU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Kristian Marquart
(TU) def. Mitchell Petersen
(LU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Hicham Belkssir
(TU) def. Jeremy Kochman
(LU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Filip Stipcic
(TU) def. Tyler Hansen
(LU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Hernan Vasconez
(TU) def. Timur Chernykh
(LU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Santiago Canete
(TU) def. Ethan Bogard
(LU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 2,4,3,1,5,6
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