HANOVER, N.H. – No. 14 Dartmouth men’s tennis went 1-1 at the Boss Tennis Center on Sunday, falling to Old Dominion (4-1) before taking down Boston University (6-1). The Big Green are now 13-2.
“I give credit to ODU in our first match today,” head coach Chris Drake said. “They really played well in singles right from the beginning after we took the doubles point. We were able to get close in many of the sets and matches, but they stepped up and played extremely well on the big points. We responded well a few hours later against BU. The guys were focused on getting the job done at the end of a long weekend. We will get back to work in practice and start to prepare for our spring break trip, where we have three matches against three very good opponents.”
Dartmouth vs. ODU
In the first match of the day, the Big Green came out well to win the first point. Although the Monarchs had a 7-5 victory at No. 1 doubles, a 6-3 win by junior Roko Glasnovic and freshman Casey Ross at the No. 2 position, and a 7-5 victory by senior Max Fliegner and freshman Peter Conklin at the No. 3 spot put Dartmouth up by one heading to singles.
ODU wins at the No. 1, 5 and 3 positions gave the Monarchs a 3-1 advantage. In the battle between No. 101 Dan Martin and No. 109 Aziz Kijametovic at the No. 2 position, the match was close, but was ultimately won by Kijametovic.
The Green had been leading in the two matches that went unfinished. At the No. 4 spot, Fliegner had won his first set, 7-6, and was tied with Michael Weindl, 5-5, in the second. At the No. 6 position, Conklin also won the first set, 7-5, and was leading Jannik Giesse, 5-4, in the second set.
1) Moundir/Kijametovic (ODU) def. No. 17 Broom/Horneffer (Dartmouth), 7-5
2) Glasnovic/Ross (Dartmouth) def. Schneider/Musitelli (ODU), 6-3
3) Fliegner/Conklin (Dartmouth) def. Weindl/Giesse (ODU), 7-5
1) Moundir (ODU) def. Broom (Dartmouth), 6-2, 6-1
2) No. 109 Kijametovic (ODU) def. No. 101 Martin (Dartmouth), 7-5, 7-5
3) Schneider (ODU) def. Horneffer (Dartmouth), 6-1, 7-5
4) Fliegner (Dartmouth) vs. Weindl (ODU), 7-6, 5-5, DNF
5) Musitelli (ODU) def. Riccardi (Dartmouth), 6-3, 6-1
6) Conklin (Dartmouth) vs. Giesse (ODU), 7-5, 5-4, DNF
Dartmouth vs. BU
Later on in the day, the Green rebounded from their loss to the Monarchs by taking down the Terriers, 6-1. Sophomores Charlie Broom and David Horneffer – ranked 17th in the latest ITA national rankings – had a 6-1 win at the No. 1 position, while Fliegner and Conklin had a 6-2 victory at No. 2 to give Dartmouth a 1-0 lead. Senior Ciro Riccardi and Glasnovic were leading, 5-3, at the No. 3 position before their match went unfinished.
Freshman John Speicher had a 6-1, 6-1 win over Owen Lu at the No. 2 spot to start singles off. Glasnovic followed that up with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of David Bogatin at No. 4, while Broom clinched with his 6-2, 6-1 victory over Satayit Simhadri at the No. 1 position.
Play at the No. 3, 5 and 6 continued, and Dartmouth went 2-1 in those matches. Senior Paul Midgley had a 6-3, 6-3 win at the No. 5 position and Ross won at the No. 3 spot, 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Gilbert Jaeger played well, but fell in the super breaker at the No. 6 position.
The Big Green will have a few weeks away from the court before hitting the road for spring break, playing three tough opponents (Oklahoma State, Wichita State and Memphis) in three different states over the course of six days. After that, Ivy League play begins.
1) No. 17 Broom/Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. Simhadri/Gutierrez (BU), 6-1
2) Fliegner/Conklin (Dartmouth) def. Bogatin/Kolsky (BU), 6-2
3) Riccardi/Glasnovic (Dartmouth) vs. Avila/Lu (BU), 5-3, DNF
1) Broom (Dartmouth) def. Simhadri (BU), 6-2, 6-1
2) Speicher (Dartmouth) def. Lu (BU), 6-1, 6-1
3) Ross (Dartmouth) def. Gutierrez (BU), 6-4, 6-2
4) Glasnovic (Daetmouth) def. Bogatin (BU), 6-3, 6-4
5) Midgley (Dartmouth) def. Kolsky (BU), 6-3, 6-3
6) Siozios (BU) def. Jaeger (Dartmouth), 6-7, 6-2 (10-4)