HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men's tennis split its final two home matches of the 2017 regular season, falling to No. 20 Columbia, 4-1, before blanking Hofstra by a score of 4-0 at the Thompson outdoor courts on Sunday. The Big Green are now 10-13 overall and 2-3 in Ivy League play, while the Lions improved to 15-4 and 4-1 and the Pride fell to 9-14.
With the win over Hofstra, head coach Chris Drake won his 100th match since arriving in Hanover in 2011. In his seven seasons at the helm of the program, he has a record of 100-63.
“I told the team I was proud of their effort today and how they have continued to put themselves on the line this year despite coming up short in many very close, hard fought matches against what has been a grueling schedule,” Drake said. “Today was the same story. The team played with belief throughout the match but we just couldn't quite get it done. We had our chances in the doubles but couldn't quite secure the point and then kept coming at them in some great battles in singles. In the end, they were too good today.”
Junior Max Fliegner and freshman Charlie Broom got the day started with a huge 6-1 win over 36th-ranked Richard and Victor Pham at No. 2 doubles, but victories at the No. 1 and 3 positions gave the Lions a 1-0 edge heading into singles.
Columbia wins at No. 1 and 3 singles and a 7-6, 6-2 victory by senior George Wall over Alex Keyser made it 3-1 in the Lions' favor. All three of the remaining matches went to three sets, but one more win for the visitors on court five clinched the match.
1) No. 89 Hadavi/Tang (Columbia) def. Wall/Horneffer (Dartmouth), 7-5
2) Fliegner/Broom (Dartmouth) def. No. 36 R. Pham/V. Pham (Columbia), 6-1
3) Grant/Rolski (Columbia) def. Riccardi/Glasnovic (Dartmouth), 6-4
1) No. 96 Hadavi (Columbia) def. Broom (Dartmouth), 6-2, 7-5
2) Riccardi (Dartmouth) vs. No. 68 V. Pham (Columbia), 7-5, 5-7, 2-3, DNF
3) Tang (Columbia) def. Fliegner (Dartmouth), 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
4) Wall (Dartmouth def. Keyser (Columbia), 7-6, 6-2
5) Ambrozy (Columbia) def. Horneffer (Dartmouth), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
6) Grabill (Dartmouth) vs. Wang (Columbia), 4-6, 7-6, 0-1, DNF
“Playing two matches in one day is never easy, but its particularly hard after losing such a long, physically and emotionally-demanding match like the one we played with Columbia,” Drake said. “Hofstra came at us with good energy and our guys had to play well and execute well to win on each court. I was happy with how we responded so quickly, both physically and mentally, to be ready to play.”
In its second match of the day, Dartmouth won the doubles point against Hofstra thanks to a 6-3 victory by freshman David Horneffer and sophomore Roko Glasnovic at the No. 2 position and a 6-4 win by Wall and sophomore Joey Haig on court three.
Glasnovic picked up the first singles win, taking down David Schrott, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 5 position, while junior Paul Midgley soon made it 3-0 with his 6-2, 6-3 victory over Nick Silvestri on court six. Junior Ciro Riccardi defeated Niko Vulinovich, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 2 position to win the match for the Big Green.
Next weekend, Dartmouth will conclude the regular season on the road, facing Penn and Princeton.
1) Fliegner/Broom (Dartmouth) vs. Vulinovich/Haener (Hofstra), 4-5, DNF
2) Horneffer/Glasnovic (Dartmouth) def. Smith/Leithner (Hofstra), 6-3
3) Wall/Haig (Dartmouth) def. Schrott/Silvestri (Hofstra), 6-4
1) Broom (Dartmouth) vs. Smith (Hofstra), 6-3, 4-4, DNF
2) Riccardi (Dartmouth) def. Vulinovich (Hofstra), 6-3, 6-4
3) Fliegner (Dartmouth) vs. Leithner (Hofstra), 6-4, 3-3, DNF
4) Grabill (Dartmouth) vs. Haener (Hofstra), 6-3, 4-1, DNF
5) Glasnovic (Dartmouth) def. Schrott (Hofstra), 6-2, 6-4
6) Midgley (Dartmouth) def. Silvestri (Hofstra), 6-2, 6-3