HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s tennis dropped a very close 4-3 match to No. 44 Memphis at the Boss Tennis Center on Friday evening. The Big Green are now 3-7 on the season, while the Tigers improved to 6-2.
“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be in doubles,” head coach Chris Drake said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to win some of the very close second sets in singles that would have extended the match.”
All three doubles matches ended with scores of 6-3. A win at the No. 2 position put Memphis ahead, but sophomore Roko Glasnovic and senior George Wall tied things up at the No. 1 spot. With the first point on the line at No. 3 doubles, the Tigers walked away victoriously.
The teams traded points back and forth for the entirety of singles. Wall defeated Felix Rauch at the No. 5 position, 6-2, 6-0, to tie the score, but a Memphis win at the No. 2 spot put the visitors ahead again. Senior Max Schmidt had a 6-1, 6-2 win over Matt Story at No. 6, but another Tiger win – this time at the top spot – made it a 3-2 match.
Freshman Charlie Broom’s 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Jan Palleres at the No. 4 position tied the score at 4-4, leaving the winner of the entire match to be determined at the No. 3 spot. The second set was very close, but it was Memphis that got the win.
Dartmouth will return to Boss on Sunday for a 3 p.m. match against Boston College.
1) Glasnovic/Wall (Dartmouth) def. Watson/Lemke (Memphis), 6-3
2) Peniston/Rauch (Memphis) def. Fliegner/Horneffer (Dartmouth), 6-3
3) Palleres/Story (Memphis) def. Schmidt/Pedraza (Dartmouth) 6-3
Order of finish: 2,1,3
1) No. 122 Peniston (Memphis) def. Riccardi (Dartmouth) 6-0, 6-4
2) No. 82 Watson (Memphis) def. Fliegner (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-2
3) Patzanovsky (Memphis) def. Horneffer (Dartmouth), 6-1, 7-5
4) Broom (Dartmouth) def. Palleres (Memphis), 6-4, 6-3
5) Wall (Dartmouth) def. Rauch (Memphis), 6-2, 6-0
6) Schmidt (Dartmouth) def. Story (Memphis), 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 5,2,6,1,4,3