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Men’s Tennis Sees Success at Queens’ Two-Day Invite

by | Sep 21, 2021

Sam Kavarana in a pre-COVID match played at the Knobloch tennis center


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Davidson men’s tennis team had a successful fall opener this weekend, competing against Queens, Wingate and Lander at the Queens Invitational.

Across the weekend, the team earned four doubles victories to go along with 10 total singles wins. Davidson competed in singles against Queens and singles and doubles against Lander on Saturday, while battling Wingate in singles and doubles on Sunday and also had a doubles dual against Queens to close out the weekend.

“It was great to see the team play for the first time this year,” said head coach Drew Barrett. “The guys competed very well. It wasn’t perfect, but we saw a lot of really good things that we can build on.”

The Wildcats shined in singles play on Saturday, as sophomores Maxwell Kachkarov and Alejandro Solares each paced the ‘Cats with three singles wins on the weekend. Kachkarov, an A-10 All-Conference First Team selection last spring, picked up two of his wins at No. 2 against Wingate and Queens and also produced a 7-6, 6-0 win from court four against Lander. A Guatemala City native, Solares fought his way through a three-set win against Wingate from No. 1 on Saturday (6-3, 3-6, 10-3) while also earning himself a 6-2, 6-3 win against Lander at No. 2 and a 6-1, 6-0 win from court four against Queens.

Davidson’s rookies Juan Camilo Perez Gongora, Nico Pinzon and Udday Singh all had solid debuts, as Pinzon earned two singles wins from courts five and six, respectively, while Gongora had an impressive 7-6, 4-6, 10-7 win from No. 1 on Saturday against Queens. Singh made his official debut from the doubles courts, earning a court three, 6-3, win against Queens with Sam Kavarana.

As the Wildcats’ top returning doubles team, Kachkarov and Solares earned two doubles wins against Lander (6-3) and Wingate (7-6) while rookies Pinzon and Gongora also combined for a 7-6 court two win against Lander.

Senior Brooks Green also had himself a strong return to the courts, picking up a 6-4, 6-7, 10-5 win at No. 6 against Lander and a dominant 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 5 against Queens.

The ‘Cats will be back in action during the first week of October, hosting the Davidson Invitational on their very own home courts. Stay tuned to the Davidson men’s tennis program on social media @Davidsontennis on Twitter and Instagram.

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