HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s tennis opened its final home weekend of the regular season with a 4-2 loss to No. 25 Cornell at the Thompson outdoor tennis courts on Saturday afternoon. The Big Green dipped to 9-13 overall and 2-3 in Ivy League play, while the Big Red improved to 18-3 and 3-1.
“Cornell proved today that they are very deserving of their Top 25 national ranking,” head coach Chris Drake. “We had a little momentum going for us after winning a very close, exciting doubles point and starting singles well.
As the match went on, though, Cornell began to turn some of the matches around, and like good teams do, they forced us to raise our level in order to keep up with them,” Drake continued. “If we continue to play together and if we can sustain our good tennis for longer stretches of these matches, we know we are capable of beating Top 25 teams.”
The Big Red won by a score of 6-3 at the No. 1 position to start doubles, but 7-6 victories by both junior Max Fliegner and freshman Charlie Broom at the No. 2 spot, and junior Ciro Riccardi and sophomore Roko Glasnovic on court three gave the first point to the Big Green.
Cornell tied the score with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 2 singles, but Broom pulled Dartmouth ahead again with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Colin Sinclair at the No. 1 position. Three of the remaining four matches went to three sets, but the Big Red won at the No. 3, 4 and 5 spots to take the match.
On Sunday, Dartmouth will host No. 20 Columbia at 1 p.m. and Hofstra at 5 p.m.
1) Sinclair/Vrabel (Cornell) def. Wall/Horneffer (Dartmouth), 6-3
2) Fliegner/Broom (Dartmouth) def. Kazakov/Volfson (Cornell), 7-6
3) Riccardi/Glasnovic (Dartmouth) def. Rosas/Casares (Cornell), 7-6
Order of finish: 1,3,2
1) Broom (Dartmouth) def. Sinclair (Cornell), 6-3, 6-4
2) Volfson (Cornell) def. Riccardi (Dartmouth), 6-1, 6-3
3) Kazakov (Cornell) def. Fliegner (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-3
4) Vrabel (Cornell) def. Wall (Dartmouth), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
5) Rimondini (Cornell) def. Horneffer (Dartmouth), 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
6) Grunberger (Cornell) vs. Grabill (Dartmouth), 7-5 3-6, 3-0, DNF
Order of finish: 2,1,3,4,5