UT Men's Tennis Travels to the Sunshine State For Three Matches
TOLEDO, OH - The Toledo men’s tennis team will play its first outdoor match on Sunday as the Rockets take on NAIA member Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, FL. The following day, Toledo will travel to Boca Raton, FL to face off against Florida Atlantic.
"Sunday we're playing one of the perennial top 5 NAIA programs in the country in Embry-Riddle,” head coach Al Wermer said. “Then Monday will be another huge challenge at FAU's home venue. We'll need to focus on playing within ourselves and being smart this week outside."
The Rockets (5-10) split their last two matches against IUPUI and Butler.
In its match against Butler, Toledo hung tough in doubles play, but lost all three matches. Sophomore Garrett Cona and freshman Stjepan Sisko fell 8-6 in the No. 1 spot, juniors Mark Singnil and Nicky Wong lost 8-7 in No. 2, and junior Roberto Meza and freshman Boris Pak fell 8-7 as well in the No. 3 slot.
The Rockets bounced back in singles play, as all they took home wins in all three of the top spots.
Singnil improved his singles winning streak to eight matches, winning 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in No. 1 singles, while Sisko won 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot and Wong defeated his opponent 6-4, 6-2 in No. 3 singles.
In their second match of the day, the Rockets overwhelmed the Jaguars, winning 6-1 and scoring a victory in all but two matches.
Both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams bounced back from losses earlier in the day to win against IUPUI as Cona and Sisko won 8-5 and Singnil and Wong won 8-4. Meza and Pak were up 7-6 when their match was called.
Singnil once again won in singles play, upping his streak to nine consecutive wins, while Sisko and Wong also earned their second wins of the day in No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
Cona was taken to a third set, before defeating his opponent by the score of 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. Pak also earned a win in No. 6 singles, in a three set 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory.
Singnil’s stellar play earned him his third Mid-American Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honors.
The Rockets will have one more match in Boca Raton on Wednesday against Xavier before returning home for home matches in the Glass City on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15.