Men's Tennis Cruises Past Troy
April 2, 2011
Murfreesboro, Tenn.— The No. 66 DePaul men’s tennis team started the Sun Belt Shootout with an impressive 4-0 victory over Troy on Saturday at Middle Tennessee State's Buck Bouldin Tennis Center. The Blue Demons, who are the top seed in the tournament, have won their last two matches and improve to 13-7 and face Memphis in the semifinals this afternoon.
DePaul and Troy battled for the doubles point, before the Blue Demon pairs on the second and third courts were able to pull ahead and take a 1-0 advantage into singles.
Ben Hartman and Filip Dzanko were the first to finish and topped Sami Ghorbel and Niklas Jonsson 8-6 in the third position. Matija Palinic and George Chanturia clinched the point with a 9-7 victory on the second court.
Needing just three points to secure DePaul’s 13 win of the season the Blue Demons sustained their momentum and focus heading into singles.
Newcomers, Chanturia and Dzanko quickly gave DePaul a 3-0 lead with their straight-set victories.
Chanturia tallied his 18th win of the season with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 win over Jamie Eccleton in the second position while Dzanko defeated Mario Roleberg 6-4, 7-5 in the fifth position.
Senior Ben Hartman, who has won his last four singles matches, clinched DePaul’s win with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sami Ghorbel.
The loss sends Troy to 3-13 on the season. The Trojans face Middle Tennessee State in the consolation bracket this afternoon.
No. 66 DePaul 4, Troy 0
No. 1 Sven Kasper vs. Rouchdi 5-7, 6-3, DNF
No. 2 George Chanturia def. Eccleton 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Matija Palinic vs. Weber 7-6, 1-6, 4-1 DNF
No. 4 Ben Hartman def. Ghorbel 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 Filip Dzanko def. Rolemberg 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 Bartosz Jozwiak vs. Jonsson 6-0, 2-6, 3-2 DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 4