Dalton State Tennis Sweeps Itawamba

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Dalton State men’s tennis team (9-3) swept the visiting Itawamba (MS) Indians (4-1) Friday afternoon at Lakeshore Park Tennis Center in Dalton, 9-0.

Roadrunner coach Zack Rogers liked what he saw.

“I thought overall the team did a great job staying focused and closing out matches,” he said. “I was especially pleased with David’s play. He has a great work ethic and is starting to emerge as a leader on the team.”

In doubles action:

1.    Nikolay Nikiforov and Adam Hornby (DS) clipped Nathan Pinkney and Austin McElwain (IC), 8-6

2.    Lucas de Souza and Juan Pablo Arguello (DS) defeated David McElwain and Joseph Summers (IC), 8-3

3.   David Draghiceanu and Noah Cleary (DS) downed Caleb Ballard and Drew Ballard (IC), 8-1

In singles

1.   Nikiforov (DS) defeated Pinkney (IC), 6-2. 6-3

2.   Souza (DS) downed A. McElwain (IC), 6-0, 6-3

3.   Hornby (DS) over D. McElwain (IC), 6-3, 6-2

4.   Draghiceanu (DS) defeated Ballard (IC), 6-1, 6-0

5.   Arguello (DS) downed Summers (IC), 6-2, 6-3

6.   Fava (DS) over Trice (IS), 6-2, 6-0

The next competition for the Dalton State men will be on Thursday, March 27th, at 11:00 a.m. when they host Point University,

“We still need to fine more consist play at doubles,” Roger said.

Friday’s Dalton and Itawamba women action was canceled.

The Lady Roadrunners have a couple of tough matches next week. They visit ITA number six Brenau University in Gainesville Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

The Golden Tigers have three players in the top 35. They are # 7 Dominika Jasova, # 15 Maria Perdoma Medina, and # 35 Zalina Nazarova.

In addition, Jasaova and Nazarova are listed as the #14  doubles team in NAIA.

The Dalton women entertain NCAA D-III Agnes Scott Friday, March 21, at 4:00 p.m.

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