NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Dartmouth men’s tennis team had a great start to the ITA Northeast Regional Championship, going 11-0 throughout its qualifying and main draw matches.
“Across the board in both singles and doubles, I was very pleased with the way we came out to start the matches today,” head coach Chris Drake said. “We were ready to compete from the first point. It is also great that we continued our recent success in three-set matches, going 3-0 so far this tournament.”
Junior Roko Glasnovic and freshman John Speicher both went 2-0 throughout the first two rounds of qualifying singles matches. Glasnovic had an easy 6-2, 6-3 win over his opponent from Hofstra before having to go to three sets to defeat Gianlucca Massa of Marist, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Speicher won his first match against a player from FDU, 7-5, 6-4, and went on to take his second one against his Monmouth opponent by a score of 6-3, 6-2.
All five of the Big Green’s players in the first round of the main draw of singles walked away with victories. Senior Ciro Riccardi dropped his first set to NJIT’s Tomi Antoljak, 6-4, before coming back to win the remaining two, 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Peter Conklin also went to three sets against Yale’s Fedor Andrienko, going 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 against the Bulldog. Sophomores Charlie Broom and David Horneffer, and freshman Dan Martin received byes into the second round.
In the doubles main draw, senior Max Fliegner and Conklin paired up to defeat Jan Cimrman and Zac Castagna of NJIT, 8-5. Martin and Horneffer had an 8-4 victory over Marist’s Rudolf Kurz and Christopher Gladden. Broom and Glasnovic received a bye.
Dartmouth will return to action on Friday morning.
Singles Qualifying Round 1
Speicher (Dartmouth) def. Pietsch (FDU), 7-5, 6-4
Glasnovic (Dartmouth) def. Leithner (Hofstra), 6-2, 6-3
Singles Qualifying Round 2
Speicher (Dartmouth) def. Martinez (Monmouth), 6-3, 6-2
Glasnovic (Dartmouth) def. Massa (Marist), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Singles Main Draw Round 1
Fliegner (Dartmouth) def. Litsky (Brown), 6-1, 6-3
Riccardi (Dartmouth) def. Antoljak (NJIT), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Conklin (Dartmouth) def. Andrienko (Yale), 6-0, 6-7, 6-2
Glasnovic (Dartmouth) def. Sandberg (Brown), 6-2, 6-1
Speicher (Dartmouth) def. Zaretsky (Quinnipiac), 6-2, 6-2
Doubles Main Draw Round 1
Fliegner/Conklin (Dartmouth) def. Cimrman/Castagna (NJIT), 8-5
Martin/Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. Kurz/Gladden (Marist), 8-4