|Freshman Jack Moldenhauer won this fifth singles match for the Jumbos.|
MALIBU, Calif. – The #22 Tufts University men's tennis team won its first match of the spring, 6-3, over 12th-ranked University of the South on Sunday in California. The match was played at Pepperdine University.
The Jumbos (1-2) won doubles 2-1, and then took four of the six singles matches over the Tigers (9-4). Sophomore Carl-Herman Grant had the victory-clincher in fifth singles.
Sophomore Boris Sorkin and junior Nathan Niemiec got Tufts off on the right foot as they battled back from a 4-1 deficit to win 8-6 in first doubles. The Jumbos then won a tie-breaker in second doubles to go up 2-0 as freshman Paris Pentousis and sophomore Owen Bartok were victorious 8-7 (4).
Sewanee's sophomore Jack Metzger with freshman Brandon Kali took third doubles in a breaker 8-7 (4) to make it 2-1 Jumbos heading into singles.
Two of the first three singles matches to finish went to the Tigers as #2 senior Jack Gray (6-2, 6-3) and #4 junior Jordan Brewer (6-4, 6-2) were winners. Fifth-singles was won by Tufts freshman Jack Moldenhauer 6-4, 6-4 and the team score was 3-3 with three matches still on.
Sorkin then won his match at #1 7-6 (1), 6-3 and Grant followed with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at #6 singles to seal it for Tufts. Biswas put the cherry on top with a comeback three-set victory in the third singles match (4-6, 6-1, 6-1).
The Jumbos play their third match in as many days on Monday against Denison at Biszantz Tennis Center at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Tigers also play Denison next, on Tuesday.