ORLANDO, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College men's tennis team was upended 9-0 by Wayne State University on Wednesday afternoon at the United States Tennis Association National Campus.
Wayne State (2-4) dropped six games over the three doubles matches and picked up five straight-set singles victories to defeat Saint Anselm (3-7) in the Hawks' second of three matches in three days in Orlando.
The Warriors got off to a strong start in doubles with 8-3 victories from the pairs of Mats Westkamp and Griffin Mertz and Clement Charriere and Taylor Vane at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, in addition to an 8-0 win from Ryan Carlson and Harvey Reed at second doubles.
Wayne State went on to pick up the sweep with six singles wins, including one by default. In the tightest match of the day, Nicholas Ang edged Brian Madden in a first-set tiebreaker as part of a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 victory at No. 6 singles. Kyle Harris won five games in a 6-2, 6-3 defeat to Luke Ruocco at No. 5 singles, while Daniel Kmetz pushed Taylor Vane in the second set, falling 6-0, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.
Saint Anselm finishes back-to-back-to-back matches with a Northeast-10 Conference match against Bentley on Thursday, March 9. The match between the Hawks and Falcons will begin at 10 a.m. at Fort Gatlin Recreational Complex.