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Bulldogs fall to UNC Wilmington, 4-3, on Friday

Bulldogs fall to UNC Wilmington, 4-3, on Friday

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University men's tennis team held a 3-2 lead over UNC Wilmington before the Seahawks rallied for a 4-3 victory on Friday morning.

Match Information

Bryant 3, UNCW 4

Records: Bryant (7-14), UNCW (9-2)

Location: UNCW Courts (Wilmington, N.C.)

Coach Gendron's Comments

"Today was a great match. There was six three-setters, a tiebreaker in doubles and we put together a great effort against a very strong program. I could not be prouder of our effort."

How it happened (Doubles)

  • Redshirt junior Matt Kuhar (Smithfield, R.I.) and junior Artur Jakubowski (Dallas, Texas) picked up a quick 6-3 win at No. 1 singles.
  • UNCW, however, rallied to win at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The Seahawks won 7-5 at No. 2 and then won a tiebreak at No. 3 to grab the doubles point.

How it happened (Singles)

  • The Black and Gold won three of the first four singles matches to build a 3-2 lead. Freshman Trent Massam (Wellington, New Zealand) won at No. 6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, and Kuhar evened things with a thrilling three-set victory at No. 1. He lost the first set 6-1 before winning the second, 6-1, and then clinched with a 7-6 (7-4) victory in the third set.
  • UNCW rallied, however, winning the final two singles matches in three sets. Michael Copeland tied the match with a come-from-behind victory at No. 4, while Agustin Savarino also rallied after losing the first set. He won the second set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-5), and then clinched the match with a 6-3 win.

Results

Doubles

  1. Kuhar/Jakubowski (BRY) def. Calzi/ de Rueda (UNCW), 6-3
  2. Morphy/Torres (UNCW) def. Ortiz-Garcia/Isaias Ortiz-Garcia (BRY), 7-5
  3. Savarino/Copeland (UNCW) def. Lorenz/Pertile (BRY), 7-6 (7-4)

Singles

  1. Kuhar (BRY) def. Torres (UNCW), 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
  2. Savarino (UNCW) def. Lorenz (BRY), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
  3. de Rueda (UNCW) def. Jakubowski (BRY), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
  4. Copeland (UNCW) def. Ortiz-Garcia (BRY), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2
  5. Isaias Ortiz-Garcia (BRY) def. Morphy (UNCW), 0-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
  6. Massam (BRY) def. Groom (UNCW), 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

Up next

Bryant continues its weekend with a match against UNC Greensboro on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.