Doubles Point Proves Key As Penguins Take Down Dayton, 4-3
Dayton, Ohio - The Youngstown State men's tennis (4-4) won three singles matches and two doubles matches which led to a 4-3 win against Dayton (4-8) on Sunday afternoon at the Five Seasons Tennis Club.
In the No. 2 singles match, freshman Silviu Mistreanu defeated Roberto Salcedo in straight sets 7-5, 7-6. Sophomore Max Schmerin beat Andrew Hanley in the No. 3 singles match in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Freshman Dawoud Kabli finished on top in the No. 4 spot, overcoming Josh Maylon 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Senior Tariq Ismail and Kabli dominated in doubles play, defeating Beni Benalcazar and Colin Bernier 8-4. Sophomore Zeeshan Ismail and Mistreanu won a close match, 8-6, in the No. 2 match to give the Penguins a much-needed doubles point.
"Today was a good test for us and I'm proud of how the guys fought back after losing the last two matches by 4-3 scores," Head Coach Mark Klysner said. "We finally turned one in our favor and it was all due to the doubles point. We still need a lot of work on doubles but to escape with the point was a big difference for us today. I thought Max and Dawoud showed a lot of fight today and I was really happy with the way they handled themselves on the court."
The Guins have a week off before returning to action over spring break when they to take on Bethune-Cookman at 3 p.m.
YSU 4, Dayton 3
No. 1 – Aidan Koross (UD) def. Tariq Ismail (YSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 – Silviu Mistreanu (YSU) def. Robert Salcedo (UD) 7-5, 7-6
No. 3 – Max Schmerin (YSU) def. Andrew Hanley (UD) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 – Dawoud Kabli (YSU) def. Josh Maylon (UD) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 – Colin Bernier (UD) def. Felipe Rosa (YSU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
No. 6 – Joe West (UD) def. Rodrigo Campos (YSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 1 – T. Ismail/Kabli (YSU) def. Benalcazar/Bernier (UD) 8-4
No. 2 – Z. Ismail/Mistreanu (YSU) def. West/Salcedo (UD) 8-6
No. 3 – Hanley/Maylon (UD) def. Rosa/Campos (YSU) 8-3