VILLANOVA, Pa. -
The Villanova men’s tennis team (13-9) picked up a city rival win against Saint Joseph’s (11-10) on Wednesday afternoon at the Villanova Tennis Complex. The Wildcats won the match 5-2 and “This match was a great step in accomplishing many of the team goals this year. It is always nice beat another Big 5 opponent, but this was a great confidence builder into the last (non-conference) match of the year as Saint Joseph’s is a really talented team,” stated head coach Brad Adams.
The Wildcats picked up the doubles point with the help of Luis Miranda and Will Elmore who picked up the first win at the No. 1 doubles spot with a 6-2 win. Thomas Dodson and Tyler Roth clinched the point with a 6-4 win at the No. 2 spot. Adams explained that “The doubles point was huge and I have to give a lot of credit to Tyler Roth to battle through an illness to participate in today’s match.” The Hawks were able to take one of the doubles matches away from Stefan Suarez and Mike Czlonka, but Villanova still claimed the overall point.
The Hawks tied the match back up after Luis Miranda fell 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 1 singles spot. Alastair Hurry put the Wildcats back on top with a 6-4, 6-1 win at the No. 6 spot. “Alastair Hurry has been a rock at the No. 6 position and was able to secure antoher win at that spot,” Adams said. Thomas Dodson then helped the Wildcats gain their lead with a 7-6 (4), 6-1 win at the No. 4 spot. Adams felt that “Dodson had one of his best performances of the year taking down a very dangerous opponent in straight sets.” The Hawks were able to get their second point of the match at the No. 5 singles spot. Freshman Dylan Flanagan clinched the match for the Wildcats after defeating Saint Joseph’s Schaeffer, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 3 spot. This was Flanagan’s first time competing at the No. 3 spot and Flanagan was named the BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week as announced by the conference today. Stefan Suarez added another point to Villanova’s win at the No. 2 spot. Suarez pulled out an impress 4-6, 7-6, (7-0), 6-4 win. “I was very happy to see Suarez battle back from a set down to beat a very talented and experienced opponent at two singles and of course Dylan Flanagan once again clinching a match, this time at the third singles position,” added Brad Adams.
He concluded that he was “very pleased with all the contributions of every team member to make this victory possible, it was a hard fought and well deserved win. We are now turning all our focus to the last conference match and achieving our goals at the conference championship.” The Wildcats will host Georgetown this Saturday April 22 for a noon start time.
1) Miranda/Elmore (Nova) def. Stierle/Chalmers (SJU) 6-2
2) Dodson/Roth (Nova) def. Schaeffer/Battaglia (SJU) 6-4
3) DeWitt/Tan (SJU) def. Suarez/Czlonka (Nova) 7-6 (8-6)
Order of Finish 1,2,3 (Clinch at 2)
1) Stierle (SJU) def. Luis Miranda (Nova) 6-3, 6-2
2) Stefan Suarez (Nova) def. Chalmers (SJU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-4
3) Dylan Flanagan (Nova) def. Schaeffer (SJU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
4) Thomas Dodson (Nova) def. Fick (SJU) 7-6 (4), 6-1
5) Boustany (SJU) def. Tommy Mulflur (Nova) 6-3, 7-5
6) Alastair Hurry (Nova) def. Dewitt (SJU) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish 1,6,4,5,3,2 (Clinch Flanagan at 3)