DePaul Tops ODU, Halts Losing Streak
NORFOLK, Va. - The DePaul men's tennis team came from behind to top Old Dominion 4-3 on Friday at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. The win snaps DePaul's six-match skid and the Blue Demons improve to 7-15 on the season.
"The guys really came together as a team today," DePaul head coach Matt Brothers said after his team's victory. "We got contributions from everyone, which had been lacking in our previous matches."
DePaul took the match's momentum early by sweeping the doubles point. Vanja Grgec and Mathias Hambach disposed of Tobias Fanselow and Benjamin Chomette in the first position before Matija Palinic and Bartosz Jozwiak topped Yakov Diskin and Krzysztof Muzalewski 8-6. With the doubles point in hand, Alasdair Graetz and Douglas Perrin put an exclamation point on doubles play with a 8-7 (2) win in the third position.
ODU (14-9) tied the match at one with a win in the number four position before Perrin overtook Fahoum Fahoum 6-3, 6-2 to give the Blue Demons back their lead.
Like a see-saw the Monarchs reclaimed the lead with wins in the number one and three positions.
With ODU needing one more victory to clinch the dual, all eyes were focused on courts two and five as play closed in on a deciding third set.
Tied a one set apiece, Jozwiak dominated Chomette in the third set which evened the dual at three.
Hambach mirrored Jozwiak's efforts as the freshman won the first set 6-4, but dropped the second set to Oachagavia. With all the other matches over and the dual on the line, Hambach put together an excellent third set which gave the Blue Demons the victory.
"The team's hard work and perseverance really paid off toady and the win is a confidence booster that we needed as we close out the regular season and get ready for the conference championships," Brothers added.
DePaul travels to William and Mary on Sunday for a 9 a.m. match with the Tribe.
DePaul 4, ODU 3