PRINCETON, N.J. –
The Temple men's tennis team headed to New Jersey this weekend to compete in the Farnsworth Invitational, hosted by Princeton.
On Friday, the Owls struggled as junior Vineet Naran
was the only player to win his singles match in the Pagoda flight, defeating Lehigh's Tyler Hansen, 6-2, 5-7, 10-8.
In Orange doubles, Temple had a better showing with freshmen Uladzimir Dorash
and Artem Kapshuk
winning 8-4 over NJIT's Andres Alban and Luka Kaic. Dorash and Kapshuk dropped their second-round matchup with Wisconsin's John Zordani and Jose Maria Martin De Oliva Carranza, 8-6. Naran and senior Santaigo Canete also picked up a first-round win, defeating Marist's Jan Dernic and Fredrik Bjerke, 8-3 before falling to Wisconsin's Jakhongir Jalolov and Lamar Remy, 8-6.
In Black doubles, sophomore Stephen Ong
and junior Nicolas Paulus
lost their set to Army's Daniel Zheng and Joey Hatala, 8-6 while junior Filip Stipcic
and senior Ian Glessing
dropped to Wisconsin's Darius Mackenzie and Alexander Kokorev, 8-5.
On Saturday, Naran took down Bucknell's Max Kane, 2-6, 6-2, 10-6 but fell to Boston College's Alexandre Thirouin in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-2.
Paulus split a pair of sets in the Lenz consolation round as he defeated Army's Michael Sienko, 6-3, 6-3 but dropped to Boston College's Will Turner, 6-3, 7-6(3). Stipcic also picked up a win against Army's Grant Peterson, 6-1, 7-6(4), and Ong defeated Monmouth's Christian Vieira, 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.
The men will finish out their fall tournament schedule at the ITA Regional Championships in Blacksburg, Va., starting October 15.