MUNCIE, Ind. – The No. 41 Dartmouth men’s tennis team got back in the win column on Friday evening, topping Ball State, 6-1, in non-conference action at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
The Big Green (10-3) won their second match of the season outside of the Upper Valley, while the Cardinals (4-4) suffered their first setback at home in 2014. Dartmouth continued its strong play, having now won seven of the last nine.
The Green and White got off to a quick start, taking two of three doubles matches to earn the first point of the day. Dovydas Sakinis and Brandon DeBot topped the Ball State duo of Ray Leonard and Lucas Anderson, 8-4, at No. 1. George Wall and Erik Nordahl gave Dartmouth the 1-0 lead with an 8-2 triumph at No. 3.
In singles action, The Big Green took five of the six matches to earn the victory. Sakinis, Diego Pedraza, DeBot and Brendan Tannenbaum all won in straight sets. Wall was the other Dartmouth player to win in singles, netting a come-from-behind, 3-6, 6-0, 10-7, win at No. 4 versus Austin Smith.
The Big Green continue a two-match Hoosier State road swing on Sunday, Mar. 2, squaring off with Indiana at 10:00 a.m. Dartmouth is looking to avenge a 6-1 defeat a year ago to the Hoosiers in Bloomington.
No. 41 DARTMOUTH 6, BALL STATE 1
1. Sakinis/DeBot def. Leonard/Anderson 8-4
2. Elliott/Stutz def. Pedraza/Kipouras 8-4
3. Wall/Nordahl def. Smith/Downs 8-2
1. Sakinis def. Ray Leonard 6-0, 6-3
2. Pat Elliott def. Kipouras 6-4, 7-5
3. DeBot def Lucas Anderson 6-2, 6-4
4. Wall def. Austin Smith 3-6, 6-0, 10-7
5. Tannenbaum def. Shashank Nautiyal 6-1,6-4
6. Pedraza def. Matt Hulm 6-2, 6-1