Athens, Tn. - Dalton State tennis teams got their first ever seasons off to a good start Saturday at Tennessee Wesleyan College.
“It’s been an incredibly exciting day,” DS coach Michel Bates said Saturday night, “I could not be more proud of these kids.”
Taking a team victory the first time out required a strong showing in singles. “We lost two of the three doubles against St. Catherine,” Bates said. “I’m really proud of the way they bounced back.”
“They were fantastic in the singles matches and showed a lot of great character,” Bates added.
The Roadrunner men’s team started things off with a tight 5-3-1 win over St. Catherine College of Kentucky.
In doubles competition:
- Ethan Rowton/Alek Rowton (SCC) def. Nikolay Nikiforov/Adam Hornby (DS) 9-8 (7-5).
- Andre Jacomini/Felipe Berrientoes (SCC) def. Lucas de Souza/Juana Pablo Argeullo (DS) 9-8 (7-3).
- David Draghiceanu/Hadyn Fava (DS) def. Tyler Glover/Marshall Berry (SCC) 8-0.
In singles competition:
- Nikolay Nikiforov (DS) def. Andre Jacomini (SCC) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
- Ethan Rowton (SCC) def. Adam Hornby (DS) 6-2, 4-6, 11-9.
- Lucas de Souza (DS) def. Felipe Berrientoes 6-2, 6-3.
- Jun Pablo Argeullo (DS) def. Tyler Glover (SCC) 6-1, 6-2.
- David Draghiceanu (DS) vs. Alek Rowton (SCC) ended in a DRAW
- Hadyn Fava (DS) def. Marshall Berry (SCC) 6-0, 6-0.
Both Teams Down Tennessee Wesleyan
The Lady Roadrunners didn’t play in the morning because the St. Catherine women are not playing a fall schedule.
But, with only four players on the fall team, Dalton State’s women did manage to defeat Tennessee Wesleyan Saturday afternoon, 5-4.
“We had to win by a point,” Bates said. “We were already forfeiting three. We played extremely well under a lot of pressure.”
Because they only had four players, the Lady Roadrunners had to forfeit #3 doubles and # 5 and 6 singles.
- Laura-Sophie Winter/Diana Narino (DS) def. Tatum McMahon/Ekaterina Vezhenkova (TW) 8-2
- Chelsea Powell.Maria-Alejandera Bejarano (DS) def. Wendi Watson/Jayden Morrison (TW) 8-2.
- Ekaterina Vezhenkova (TW) def. Laura-Sophie Winter (DS) 62-, 6-4.
- Diana Narino (DS) def. Tatum McMcMahon (TW) 6-3, 6-1.
- Chelsea Powell (DS) def. Jayden Morrison (TW) 6-3, 6-4.
- Maria-Alejandra Bejarano (DS) Wendi Watson (TW) 6-4, 6-4.
Dalton State’s men’s team knocked-off Tennessee Wesleyan, 6-3. DS Coach Zach Rogers said the Roadrunners were fighting cramps and flu-like symptoms against Tennessee Wesleyan.
“The fought through it and prevailed,’ Rogers said. “I’m really proud of the team. They showed a lot of character.”
In men’s doubles competition:
- Nikiforov/Hornby (DS) def. David Escobosa/Jacob Dorey (TW) 8-6.
- de Souza/Arguello (DS) def. Gad Azulay/Francisco Gallardo (TW), 8-6
- Oleskii Lahuza/Brett Wade (TW) def. Draghiceanu/Fava (DS) 9-7
In singles competition:
- Escobosa (TW) def. Nikiforov (DS) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
- De Souza (DS) def. Azulay (TW) 6-1, 6-1
- Gallardo (TW) def. Hornby (DS) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
- Arguello (DS) def. Dorsey (TWA) 7-5, 6-4
- Fava (DS) def. Lahuza (TW) 6-4, 6-4.
- Draghiceanu (DS) def. Wade (TW) 6-0, 6-0
The Roadrunner men’s and women’s tennis teams will finish the brief fall schedule on Oct. 18 at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.