Davidson Men’s Tennis Closes Season with a Home Victory
DAVIDSON, N.C. — The Davidson men’s tennis team sent their seniors off with a strong final home win by scoring a 4-3 victory against Richmond Sunday afternoon in Atlantic 10 action at the Davidson Tennis Courts.
The win gave the Wildcats a perfect record in league matches at 5-0 and improved their overall record to 15-6. It is the second straight year they have won at least 15 games.
Prior to the match, the senior quartet of Artem Khrapko, Shamael Chaudhry, David Hager and Jack Riazzi were each honored in their final career home match. They have led Davidson to 54 wins so far during their careers, including a 19-4 record in A-10 matches.
The match came down to singles play and Davidson prevailed by winning four of the six matches. Richmond (12-10, 4-3 A-10) claimed the doubles point with wins of 6-2 and 6-3 at No. 1 and 2 positions. The team of Yash Parikh and Jack Riazzi moved to 9-6 on the season with the ‘Cats lone doubles win, a 6-1 decision at No. 3.
Riazzi went on to score one of the four singles wins, taking home a tough 7-6, 6-4 victory at No. 6 to run his record to a personal-best 13-4 (4-1 in A-10).
Fellow classmates Artem Khrapko and Shamael Chaudhry closed out their home careers with nice wins of 6-1, 7-6 and 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 and 2, respectively. Chaudhry ran his record to a team-best tying 14-5 and went unbeaten in A-10 matches at 5-0, while Khrapko moved to 13-8 on the season.
Axel Fries tied Chaudhry with his 14th win of the season after a 6-4, 6-4 decision at No. 3 to finish out the scoring for Davidson.
Senior David Hager nearly pulled out a win in his final home match, having to go to a super tie-breaker in the final set after the team match had already been decided. He split his first two sets, 6-2 and 4-6, before falling in a close 10-7 super tie-breaker.
Davidson gears up now for the A-10 Tournament, April 25-29, at the USTA Nationa Campus in Orland, Fla.