Matt Pataro won for the Jumbos on Thursday, helping his team to an 8-1 win over Conn. College
MEDFORD – On a sunny afternoon at the Voute Tennis Courts the #28 Tufts men's tennis team, evened out their conference record, taking on Connecticut College and topping the Camels, 8-1. The Jumbos jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in a toughly contested doubles competition, before sweeping the singles competition to take the 8-1 win and move to 3-3 in conference play this spring.
Junior Brian Tan (Orinda, CA) and senior Matt Pataro (Miami, FL) gave the Jumbos their first win of the day at #1 doubles, as the duo topped the Camel's Jonathan Deeter and Jonathan Kraiger, 8-6. The men earned their second win at #3 doubles where senior Austin Blau (Roslyn, NY) and sophomore Nick Cary (Brookline, MA) cruised past Conn. College's Daniel Maffa and Doug Butturini, 8-1.
The lone loss for the Jumbos came at #2 doubles, but was also one of the closest contested matches of the day. Sophomore Rob Jacobson (Winnetka, IL) and freshman Brad Wong (Granite Bay, CA) battled the pair of JC Cangelosi and Josh Suneby, but ended up falling, 9-8(5-7).
The Jumbos used that early 2-1 advantage to carry momentum into singles play and win at all six positions. Jacobson played at #1 singles against the Camel's Suneby, and despite dropping the first set, was able to come back to earn the win, 6-7, 6-3, 10-7. At #2 singles Wong downed Cangelosi, 6-1, 6-3. Tan took the courts at #3 singles and was able to win over Kraiger, 6-4, 6-3.
At #4 singles Blau took on Deeter and was able to earn the win for the home team, 6-3, 6-1. Senior Zach Ladwig (Chelmsford, MA) took on Jonathan Sokolsky at #5 singles and topped his Camel opponent, 6-3, 6-4. Rounding out the singles lineup for the Jumbos at #6 singles was Cary, who earned the most convincing singles win of the day over Butturini, 6-1, 6-2.
The Jumbos are now 7-5 this season and 3-3 in NESCAC action, while the Camels move to 4-5 overall and 0-4 in conference play. The Jumbos return to the courts on Saturday when they host Bowdoin for a 10:00 am match between two nationally ranked NESCAC teams. Conn. College will be back in action on Sunday, April 13 when they host Roger Williams.