Release courtesy of Berkeley Athletics
The Berkeley College men's tennis team picked up a victory on Wednesday evening, defeating the Warriors of Vaughn College by a score of 5-4 in a Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest. The match was played at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.
With the victory, the Knights improved to 4-2 on the 2017 campaign, including a mark of 3-1 in regional competition. The triumph for Berkeley College was also means the Knights clinched their first winning season since the program's inception back in 2015. Vaughn College dipped to 1-3 with the loss (1-3 HVIAC).
Things looked bleak for the Knights in the early stages of this one, as Vaughn College captured two of the three doubles flights. At No. 1 doubles, the Knights' combination of Johnathan Wilson and Alexander Maurmann defeated the Warriors' pairing of Tobi Oladeji and Ousmane Thioune by a score of 8-4. Vaughn picked up a victory at the No. 2 flight, as Michael Panico and Raphael Cordina outlasted the Knights' Sebastien Rousseau and Nicholas Echavarria, 8-7 (7-3). The Warriors won the No. 3 flight by default.
When play switched over to singles, Berkeley College rallied back to take four of the six singles flights, and the match. At the No. 1 flight, it was Wilson defeating Oladeji, 10-6. Rousseau nailed-down a win over Cordina at No. 3 singles, 10-5, and it was Echavarria picking up a convincing win over Thioune, 10-2. Berkeley's final victory of the day came at No. 5, as Maurmann turned back O'Brian Williams, 10-2. The Warriors captured wins at No. 2 singles (Panico over Rajah Ulrich Mopoundza, 10-5), and at No. 6 (by default).
The Knights will now look to the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinals, where they will take on Pratt Institute. The date and time of the match is currently to-be-announced. Vaughn College will also be heading to the tournament, as the Warriors will face Culinary Institute of America in the opening round.