HICKORY, N.C. – Having not dropped a singles match in a South Atlantic Conference dual since Feb. 23, Anderson University men’s tennis kept the streak alive with a 9-0 blanking over Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday afternoon at Hickory High School.
With the win, the Trojans move above .500 at 6-5 overall and 6-1 in league play, while the Bears drop to 5-13 on the year and 2-5 in the SAC. The victory is AU’s fifth win in its last six matches.
The freshmen team of Juan Carracedo and Mateo Rivas posted an 8-4 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne’s Robin Hochguertel and Hunter Pack at the No. 1 position, while senior Danilo Faria and sophomore Paul Michael Calhoun snapped a brief losing skid with an 8-2 win over Filip Dobrosavljevic and Kilian Symalla at the No. 2 slot. Sophomores Inaki Iriberry and Tomas Passalacqua claimed an 8-1 win at No. 3 to round out doubles.
In singles, the Trojans continued their winning trend, as Carracedo recorded a three-set 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Hochguertel at No. 1, while Passalacqua tallied a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Pack at the No. 2 spot.
Rivas increased his singles winning streak to five as he cruised past Symalla 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 3 position, while Calhoun earned his own straight-set win with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Dobrosavljevic. Calhoun has now won six of his last seven singles matches.
Rounding out the singles round, Iriberry grabbed a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the No. 5 spot, while Faria notched a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 6. With the win, Faria improved to 7-2 for the season and increased his winning streak to six straight matches.
The Trojans continue their grueling week on Thursday when they welcome Limestone to Max Grubbs Memorial Courts. First serve against the Saints is slated for 3 p.m.