EASTON, PA - The Saint Peter's University men's and women's tennis team travelled to Lafayette College for a Sunday matinee match. The men's tennis team swept the Leopards, giving Lafayette their first loss, and garnered their first team win of the season, 7-0, to improve to 1-2 on the season. The women's team was swept, 7-0, by the Leopards to drop of 0-2 on the season. The last time the men's tennis team swept an opponent was on March 6, 2016 against St. Francis Brooklyn.
Men's Results - The men's team won all of their matches on the day. Hector Andres Jacome and John Oxner didn't give up a game to Andrew Reed and Blake Oslan at No. 1 doubles, 6-0. Piotr Sowinski and Ivan Knezevic defeated Daniel Kramer and John Yurconic at No. 2, 7-6(5). Jonathan Paredes and Ignacio Tintore won at No. 3 doubles, 6-4, against Mason Keel and Brandt Baldwin. The Peacocks had to win in three sets at No. 1, 2, 3, and 6 singles. Jacome came back and defeated Oslan 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1. Sowinski won against Yurconic at No. 2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3. Oxner, down a set, came back and topped Kramer at No. 3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Tintore clinched the team win at No. 4, 7-5, 6-4, against Baldwin. Nover won easily against Matthew DeBenedetto at No. 5, 6-3, 6-1. Sebastian Ferrer defeated Caruso 5-7, 6-2, - at No. 6.
Women's Results - Stephanie Falcon and Azuri Hughes lost at No. 1 doubles against Cece Lisnick and Samantha Snyder, 6-2. Aidah Muhammad and Marta Ortega were defeated by Meredith Block and Grace Conrad at No. 2 doubles by an identical score. Falcon lost to Snyder at top singles by a score of 6-1, 6-0. Hughes fell 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles against Lisnick. Muhammad was defeated by Conrad at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Ortega was dropped by Block at No. 4 singles 7-5, 6-4. In her first collegiate match, Rachel Valentine lost No. 5 singles against Katie Hill, 6-1, 6-4. For a second straight match, the women's team had to default No. 2 doubles and No. 6 singles.
Up Next - This match closed out the non-conference portion of the dual match fall season for both teams. The women's team will close out their fall season with a home MAAC match at 3:30pm against Monmouth University on Monday, October 23. The men's team will head to Annapolis, MD for the Navy Gold Invite from Friday to Sunday, October 27-29.
Coach Scolamieri on the the men's team ending the fall season with their first win:
"It was the best result in a couple of years. I hope it's a good sign for years to come. On the other hand, the women's match was not the best outcome and I hope we continue to practice hard for the winter/spring season. We can't dwell on this loss as we have a conference match tomorrow to end the fall season for them."
Hector Andres Jacome and coming back for a set down and saving match points to win:
"In tennis, anything can happen. I was able to fight and save match points and then turned the match around to end up winning. I'm proud with how I battled and never gave up."
Piotr Sowinski on regrouping after dropping a close second set to win the third:
"It was a very difficult match, and that is why I am really happy with my results."
John Oxner on fighting back after a first set loss to win in three sets:
"I was happy to finish the match so strong after dropping a tough first set. I thought I kept getting better and playing more aggressive as the match dragged on."
Ignacio Tintore on winning in straight sets and clinching the first team win:
"It was probably not one of my best matches, but I gave everything in the court and won though. I'm happy that when I walked off the court, I clinched the match and the first team win of the season. I am happy now, because I am convinced it is the start of a new era for the men's tennis at SPU."
Douglas Nover on winning in straight sets:
"I'm really happy that we were able to end the fall season with our first team win. The score line makes it seem like the match was easy but I was able to win a lot of the deuce points. I was going for my first serve and I hope it keeps improving for the winter/spring season!"
Sebastian Ferrer on winning his first collegiate match and coming back from a set down:
"I never doubted myself for a minute, even after I was down a set. All those hours in practice, and the gym had prepared me to go the long fight. I was able to prevail in the end thanks to my mamba mentality."
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