MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In its last spring break match, No. 28 Dartmouth men’s tennis was edged by No. 22 Memphis, 4-3, at the Racquet Club of Memphis on Thursday afternoon. The Big Green dipped to 14-4, while the Tigers improved to 12-4.
"Credit to Memphis," head coach Chris Drake said. "They are a very good, very experienced team, and it showed today. We put some pressure on them by winning the doubles point, but they responded really well in singles. We got close to making it really interesting at the end, but their players performed extremely well on the big points. Playing these top ranked teams should really help us for the upcoming Ivy League season."
Senior Max Fliegner and freshman Peter Conklin had a 6-3 victory at No. 3 doubles, but Memphis responded by winning at the top spot. Play continued at the No. 2 position, and junior Roko Glasnovic and freshman Casey Ross had a 6-4 win to give Dartmouth the first point.
The Tigers got on the board with a win at No. 3 singles, but senior Ciro Riccardi’s 6-3, 6-0 defeat of Chris Patzanovsky at the No. 5 spot put the Big Green back ahead. Memphis tied things up again with a win at the No. 6 position, while Fliegner made it a 3-2 match by taking down Felix Rauch, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4. The Tigers won the two remaining singles matches to narrowly win.
Dartmouth will open Ivy League play on Saturday, playing Harvard on the road at 2 p.m.
1) No. 37 Peniston/Watson (Memphis) def. No. 49 Broom/Horneffer (Dartmouth), 6-2
2) Glasnovic/Ross (Dartmouth) def. Lemke/Sullivan (Memphis), 6-4
3) Conklin/Fliegner (Dartmouth) def. Pallares/Story (Memphis), 6-3
Order of finish: 3,1,2
1) No. 36 Peniston (Memphis) def. Broom (Dartmouth), 7-5, 6-4
2) No. 91 Watson (Memphis) def. Martin (Dartmouth), 7-5, 6-3
3) Lemke (Memphis) def. Horneffer (Dartmouth), 6-0, 6-2
4) Fliegner (Dartmouth) def. Rauch (Memphis), 6-3, 6-2
5) Riccardi (Dartmouth) def. Patzanovsky (Memphis), 6-3, 6-0
6) Pallares (Memphis) def. Conklin (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 3,5,6,4,2,1