ANDERSON, S.C. – Opening up South Atlantic Conference play on a high note, Anderson University men’s tennis came away with a 6-3 win over Newberry, Saturday afternoon at the Max Grubbs Memorial Courts.
The victory marks AU’s first of the season after dropping a 5-0 decision at Division I power Clemson on Sunday, while Newberry falls to an even 1-1 overall record.
In doubles action, Anderson was able to post two wins, as the freshmen tandem of Juan Carracedo and Mateo Rivas claimed an 8-4 victory over Michael Saunders and Vinivius Botelho at the No. 1 position, while sophomore Inaki Iriberry and Tomas Passalacqua defeated Mohammed Chakir and David Sons, 8-2 at No. 3.
Heading into singles play with a 2-1 advantage, it was the bottom of the Trojans’ lineup which propelled AU to the victory. At No. 3, Passalacqua earned his first singles victory in the Black and Gold with a three-set 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Newberry’s Fernando Espana. Sophomore Paul Michael Calhoun, who was slotted at the No. 4 position, matched Passalacqua’s three-set win with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 triumph over Chakir.
Iriberry and senior Danilo Faria earned straight set victories at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, as Iriberry knocked off Carolis Nicolopulous 7-5, 6-1 and Faria grabbed a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Sons.
The victory increased AU’s winning streak over the Wolves since the Trojans joined the SAC to four straight matches.
Anderson returns to action on Wednesday as it begins a three-match road swing beginning at Peach Belt Conference opponent GRU Augusta. First serve is slated for 2 p.m.