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DU begins road trip with win at Wabash

Kevin Brown  |  Photo by Curt Ashcraft
Kevin Brown | Photo by Curt Ashcraft

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Denison men's tennis stayed undefeated (3-0) in the NCAC West on Friday evening, defeating Wabash College by a score of 7-2 at the Collett Tennis Center in Crawfordsville, Ind.

In doubles play, it appeared that the Little Giants would take the initial charge as William Reifeis and Patrick McAuley earned an 8-2 win in No. 1 doubles over Kevin Brown and Blake Burstein. The combo of Jamie McDonald and Mitchell Thai were able to rebound on the No. 2 court, defeating Jordan Greenwell and Andrew Denning, 8-3, but Wabash took a 2-1 advantage into singles competition after Kirill Ivashchenko and Nicholas Pollock tallied an 8-5 win over Brian Weisberg and Patrick McGuigan.

Despite the 2-1 deficit, the Big Red were dominant on the singles courts, winning all six singles matches, including No. 2 through No. 5 singles in straight sets. The headline match took place in top flight singles as Vlad Rotnov dropped the first set to Reifeis, 3-6, but countered in the second and third sets with consecutive 6-3 set victories. McDonald kept the success rolling in No. 2 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 win over McAuley, and Thai earned a 6-4, 6-1 victory in No. 3 singles.

After Brown and Danish Siddiquie garnered wins on the No. 4 and No. 5 courts, McGuigan earned a second set tiebreaker victory in No. 6 singles over George Go III, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3), to move the Big Red to 9-4 overall.

Denison will return to the courts on Saturday, April 14 as they travel to Greencastle, Ind. for a 12:30 p.m. match with DePauw University.