Men’s tennis defeats Sun Belt rival

Ty Ammons

Staff Writer 

The Troy Trojans men’s and women’s tennis teams competed this past weekend in Texas and Florida, respectively. The men’s team went 2-1 with wins over UT-Arlington and Abilene Christian. The women’s team lost to both of the colleges it played.

The men’s team played against Abilene Christian and SMU in Dallas, Texas, and played against UT-Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The women’s team played Stetson in DeLand, Florida, and it played UCF in Orlando, Florida.

The men’s team won four of its six singles matches against Abilene Christian, with sophomore Hassan Ndayishimye winning over senior Guilherme Gesser 7-5, 6-2. Freshman Andy Lau won his match 6-1, 7-6, over junior Jason Proctor. Junior Giovani Samaha had a convincing 6-1, 6-3, win over freshman Henry Adams, and freshman Cyprian Owczarz won against junior Marco Bensley 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The men’s team won the first two lines of doubles with the third line not finishing its match. Samaha and sophomore Pablo Moreno won their match against sophomore Nico Agritelley and Gesser 6-1, and Lau and Ndayishimye won their match 6-2 against freshman Paul Domanski and Proctor.

Troy won two of its singles matches against SMU and lost the other four. Juniors Gabriel Dias and Daniel Bustamante lost their singles matches along with Lau and Moreno. Ndayishimye won his singles match 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 against sophomore Markus Kerner, and Samaha won his singles match against sophomore Arkadijs Slobodkins 7-6, 7-6.

Troy won only the third line in doubles, which was played by Lau and Ndayishimye. It won 6-1 against redshirt sophomore Tony Russell and redshirt freshman Samm Butler.

Ndayishimye enjoyed a perfect day, winning both his singles and doubles matches. Teammate Samaha won all of his singles matches on Saturday as well.

Troy played against Sun Belt rival UT-Arlington on Sunday, Jan. 25, and it won all of the singles matches that were finished. Ndayishimye won his match over sophomore Daniel Armengol 6-1, 6-1. Samaha won 6-3, 6-2 over sophomore Daniel Echeverry, and Moreno won 6-3, 6-2 over sophomore Mario Muniesa. Dias, Bustamante and Lau did not complete their matches.

Troy won the first and third line in doubles against UT-Arlington. Moreno and Samaha won their doubles match over Armengol and junior Carlos Arbiza. Dias and sophomore Andre Baldo won their third line doubles match over Muniesa and Echeverry 6-4. Lau and Ndayishimye lost their match 6-2 to sophomore Johnathan Gonzalez and junior Sebastian Erimicioiu.

Troy dropped a close one to Stetson on Saturday. The women’s team won three singles matches and lost three. Juniors Trang Huynh and Brooke Durden, and freshman Linnea Skymberg lost their singles matches. Freshman Sanae Ohta won her match 6-0, 6-3 over sophomore Isabella Fernandez. Junior Anja Cosovic won her match over freshman Arijana Korac 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, and junior Margot De Haan won her singles match 6-1, 6-1 over sophomore Brittany Hill.

Cosovic and Huynh were the only line to win in their doubles match. They won over freshmen Ashley Dean and Alizee Michaud 6-4.

The women’s team played UCF on Sunday, Jan. 25, in another close one. Troy only one two of its singles matches. Ohta won 6-2, 6-4 over sophomore Cortney Cesarini, and Skymberg won her match over junior Sofia Baptista 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

They also won two doubles matches. Cosovic and Huynh won 6-1 over Baptista and Cesarini, and Ohta and Durden won 7-5 over sophomore Annika Hepp and freshman Monica Matias. De Haan and freshman Julia Albuquerque lost 6-0 to junior Caroline Eberhart and freshman Kennan Johnson.

The men’s tennis team plays its next school in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 31, against Georgia State, and the women’s team plays its next match on Friday, Jan. 30, in Montgomery against Alabama State.

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