Men’s tennis picks up three wins; women’s team falls to Auburn

Ty Ammons

Staff Writer

The Troy Trojans men’s tennis team traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida, and DeLand, Florida, on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, and won all three of its matchups. The women’s tennis team traveled to Auburn on Sunday, Feb. 15, but lost.

On Friday, the Trojans won four of their singles matches against Florida Gulf Coast. Junior Gabriel Dias won his line two singles match against sophomore Andres Alfonzo 7-6, 6-4.

Freshman Andy Lau took three sets to defeat his opponent, junior Eduardo Alfonzo, but pulled it out 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Junior Giovani Samaha defeated senior Tianyu Bao 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, and sophomore Pablo Moreno won 6-4, 7-5 against redshirt junior Michael Beiler.

The Trojans did not win any of their doubles matches. Sophomore Hassan Ndayishimye and Dias were ahead in their doubles match 5-3 against Alfonzo and freshman Austin Bates, but the match was left unfinished. It was close, but Troy beat Florida Gulf Coast 4-3.

Troy traveled to DeLand, Florida, to take on Stetson on Saturday and won 4-1.

The Trojans won three out of their six singles matches, while line five and six did not finish their matches.

Dias won his line one match against freshman Kevin Gonzalez 6-3, 6-3. Ndayishimye won his match 6-0, 6-2 against junior Laurynas Antropikas, and junior Daniel Bustamante defeated junior Simon Julin 6-2, 6-2.

The Trojans won two out of their three doubles matches. Moreno and Lau won 7-5 against Antropikas and Gonzalez, and Dias and Ndayishimye won their match against seniors Nathan Debut and Chester Espie as well.

The Trojans traveled back to Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday afternoon to play Bethune-Cookman and won 6-1.

Troy won five of its six singles matches. Dias won his match 6-1, 7-6 against freshman Alexander Chepik. Ndayishimye won against junior Walid Gtari 6-4, 7-6. Lau won his match 6-1, 6-3 against senior Gilbert Rotich. Bustamante won his match 6-4, 6-4 against sophomore Alvaro Barrera, and Moreno won his match against junior Kevin Deligny 6-2, 6-2.

The Trojans won two of their three singles matches, but the third was unfinished. Moreno and Lau won 6-3 against Gtari and Deligny, and Dias and freshman Calum McKinlay won against Chepik and Barrera 6-1.

The Trojans’ women’s tennis team traveled to Auburn to take on No. 28 Auburn University on Sunday.

The Trojans lost the matchup 7-0. The only match that was close was senior Emily Flickinger against junior Anja Cosovic and the final score was 7-6, 7-5, 1-0.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams will host the Trojan Jamboree in Troy during Feb. 20-22. The men’s and women’s tennis teams were supposed to play Jacksonville State, but the match was canceled and has yet to be rescheduled.

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