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Men’s Tennis Defeats Winthrop 4-3

by | Jan 21, 2020 | Sports

Senior Axel Fries battled back from a 0-6 loss in the first set to win his match vs. Winthrop.


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DAVIDSON, N.C.  —  The Davidson men’s tennis team got their 2020 season off with a thrilling 4-3 win against their rival just past the North Carolina border in the Winthrop Eagles Sunday afternoon inside the Knobloch Tennis Center.

Four singles matches went to three sets, with the Wildcats (1-0) winning two of those as well as overcoming a 1-0 deficit after dropping the doubles point.

The team of freshman William Clark and sophomore Sam Kavarana scored a 6-3 win at No. 3 doubles, but the Eagles (0-1) took a pair of 6-4 decisions at the other two spots to grab the first point of the match.

The ‘Cats regrouped in singles play to take four of the six spots, including those two three-setters, to pick up the win.

The duo of Axel Fries and Brooks Green each pulled out their three set matches. The senior Fries dropped a 6-0 first-set decision, but bounced back with two 6-4 wins in the next two sets to earn a team point.

Green also fell in his first set, 7-5, but took a 6-4 decision in the next set to force a third set. He took care of business, blanking Winthrop’s Dillon Boshart, 6-0, for the win.

Continuing his debut match, the freshman Clark scored a solid 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6, while senior Thomas Mason rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 4.

The Wildcats won their third straight against the Eagles and improved to 6-4 in the series since 1990. The ‘Cats also won their season opener for the third time in the past four years.

Davidson next heads up to the Northeast for matches against Fordham and Sacred Heart, Jan. 25-26.

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