Penguins Drop Hard-Fought Bout with Cleveland State in HL Semifinals

Danylo Veremeichuk
Danylo Veremeichuk

West Lafayette, Ind. - The Youngstown State men's tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to Cleveland State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tennis Championships at the Schwartz Tennis Center.

The third-seeded Penguins and second-seed Vikings played outdoors in windy and cool conditions for their match.

The doubles point was a tough one for the Penguins. YSU's Matthew Kritzinger and Bassem El Mekawi picked up a 6-3 win at No. 3 and at one point, YSU led 5-1 at No. 1. However, Cleveland State's rallied for a 7-5 win at No. 1 to take the point.

In singles play, three of the matches went three sets and the Vikings (16-10) won two of them.

CSU's first victory came at No. 3 as Luke Phillips beat Vasilis Vardakis 6-4, 6-4. In one of the most entertaining matches of the day, the Penguins' Danylo Veremeichuk battled with CSU's Nico Mostardi at No. 1. Mostardi won the first set 6-1, but Veremeichuk won 7-6 (5) in a second-set tiebreaker. In the third set, Mostardi won 6-3. 

The clinching win came moments later as Matthew Terrry beat Joao Garretto 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

At the time the match was clinched, Alonso Lauz led 7-6, 5-2 over Mirko Radosevic at No. 6. Mekawi had a 6-3, 5-7, 2-1 lead over Benjamin Slade at No. 4 while At No. 5, Yossi Dahan trailed 7-6, 5-4.

The Penguins finish the year with a 12-11 overall record. It marked the second straight year that YSU advanced to the semifinals.