BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The 57th-ranked Dartmouth men's tennis team defeated Illinois State, 5-2, on Sunday at Binghamton, N.Y. The win improved the Big Green to 10-1, while the Redbirds dropped to 5-6.
Dartmouth lost the doubles point after Illinois State won first and third doubles. The second doubles match went unfinished with the score 7-7.
In singles, the Big Green claimed five of the six matches to secure the victory. Senior Michael Laser (Glencoe, Ill.) earned a three-set victory over Alexander Pelaez at first singles. Laser lost the opening set, 4-6, but came back to win the second and the third, 6-3, 7-5. At third singles, sophomore Cameron Ghorbani (Lexington, Mass.) topped Skip Span, 6-3, 6-3.
Freshman Chris Kipouras (San Ramon, Calif.) won at the fourth spot, 6-4, 6-3, over Juuso Ojanen. In the fifth spot, sophomore Brandon DeBot (Stevens Point, Wis.) beat Muddappa Appanervanda, 6-3, 7-5. At sixth singles, senior Chris Ho (Los Altos, Calif.) defeated Willi Peter, 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3).
The Big Green next compete at UC Riverside on Sunday, March 18.
#57 Dartmouth 5, Illinois State 2
#1 Michael Laser (DAR) def. Alexander Pelaez (ISU): 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
#2 Tuomas Manner (ISU) def. #113 Xander Centenari (DAR): 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
#3 #123 Cameron Ghorbani (DAR) def. Skip Span (ISU): 6-3, 6-3
#4 Chris Kipouras (DAR) def. Juuso Ojanen (ISU): 6-4, 6-3
#5 Brandon DeBot (DAR) def. Muddappa Appanervanda (ISU): 6-3, 7-5
#6 Chris Ho (DAR) def. Willi Peter (ISU): 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3)
#1 Pelaez/Manner (ISU) def. Laser/Centenari (DAR): 8-4
#2 Appanervanda/Peter (ISU) vs. DeBot/Ghorbani (DAR): 7-7, unfinished
#3 Span/Ojanen (ISU) def. Kipouras/Alex de Chatellus (DAR): 8-6