Men’s Tennis Extends Win Streak to Six

DAVIDSON, NC – How impressive is North Carolina A&T’s winning streak in men’s tennis? The Aggies are now beating teams they did not have success against previously.

The Aggies defeated the Davidson College Wildcats Saturday 4-3 at the Davidson Tennis Center. It was their first win over the Wildcats in eight tries, and they won the match after trailing 3-0. The Aggies (6-4) continue to make history with their sixth straight win.

Davidson took the doubles point narrowly. A&T’s freshman duo of Ian Pedersen and Ethan Baly lost at no. 3 doubles to Juan CP Gongora and William Clark, 6-3. A&T got even when junior Esteban Lopez and senior Vasil Ivanov defeated Maxwell Kachkarov and Nico Pinzon, 6-3 at No. 1 double.

Therefore, the doubles point came down to A&T freshman Jorge Perez and freshman Eder Blanco against Davidson’s Alejandro Solares and Udday Singh. The matchup came down to a tiebreaker that Solares and Singh won, 7-4, to earn the doubles point with a 7-6 win.

Davidson earned singles wins at No. 2 and 4 to take a commanding lead. at no. 2, Kachkarov defeated Ivanov 6-2, 6-4, Gongora defeated Baly 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.

A&T started its comeback at No. 3 with Blanco defeating Singh. Singh won 6-4 in the first set, but Blanco went on to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Perez kept the good times rolling as he won 6-4, 6-0 over Brooks Green at No. 5.

The Aggies evened the score at 3 as Lopez won at No. 1 on Solares. It was a classic, coming to two tiebreakers. Solares won the first set 6-2. Lopez won the second set 7-6 with a 7-4 win in the tiebreaker. In the third set, Lopez won the tiebreaker 7-5 to win 7-6.

Lopez’smade his win more impressive because he faced match point in the second set after trailing 5-4 with Solares serving. However, Lopez managed to tie the set a 5, as each player held their respective serves afterward to force the tiebreaker.

Lopez trailed in the final set 3-0 in the third set before forcing the tiebreaker. Solares led 5-2 in the tiebreaker before Lopez battled back to win.

“I saw that he was cramping, and I said that I was going to take this match,” Lopez said. “My team and a lot of cheering were there. (Men’s tennis head coach Dejon Bivens) was there to tell me this was the time. He was cramping, and I won the final set 7-5. If I lost that match, we would have lost the match against Davidson.”

The final point came down to the No. 6 position between Pedersen and Sam Kavarana. To secure the Aggies sixth straight win, Pedersen won 6-3, 6-1.

The Aggies return to Big South play by hosting Presbyterian 5:30 pm, Sunday at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.

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