Men's Tennis Starts Western Swing with 7-2 NESCAC Win Over Camels

Danny Coraan lost just one game in first singles

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 17th-ranked Tufts University men's tennis team opened its 2018 NESCAC schedule with a 7-2 win over Connecticut College in a match played at Arizona State University on Saturday.

Tufts (2-0) won all three doubles matches and then clinched the victory early in singles play. The Camels' only two wins, in second and third singles, were determined after the team result was decided in favor of the Jumbos.

Second doubles was the most competitive of the three where Jumbos Ben Battle and Carl-Herman Grant defeated Conn's Charlie Williams and Henry DeCoster 8-6. Otherwise, Tufts dominated doubles including an 8-0 win by the third pair of Ethan Bershtein and Boris Sorkin. Tufts' top tandem of Rohan Gupte and Zain Ali won 8-3.

Singles victories by Danny Coran at #1, Nathan Niemiec at #4 and Owen Bartok at #6 helped the Jumbos clinch the victory. Coran, playing at #1 for just the second time in his career, won 6-0, 6-1 over Williams. Niemiec lost just four games in his victory over Ben Sachs. Owen Bartok made his dual-match debut and won 7-5, 6-1.

Camels William Cannon and DeCoster won third-set tie-breakers in second and third singles, respectively. Grant had the other Tufts win by 7-5, 6-7, 10-3 scores in fifth singles.

On its annual spring break trip, the Jumbos traveled on to California after the match and will play Sewanee in Claremont on Sunday. Connecticut College is off until they host Coast Guard on March 29.