The Troy University men’s tennis team picked up another loss this season against No. 32 North Carolina State on Saturday, Feb. 13.
The Trojans (1-9) have faced numerous opponents with high-caliber players so far this season, and Saturday’s matchup was no different. They fell in Raleigh, North Carolina, by a score of 1-4.
Senior No. 114 Daniel Bustamante did not have an easy line one. He ended up losing his match 6-4, 6-1 to junior No. 53 Nick Horton.
Freshman Vaclav Slezak did not even have a chance to get a game off against North Carolina State’s line two singles player, senior Thomas Weigel, and lost 6-0, 6-0.
Junior Pablo Moreno pulled out Troy’s only win of the evening at line four singles with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over freshman Ivan Saveljic.
Senior Giovani Samaha put up a good fight against the No. 74 singles player in the country.
Senior Simon Norenius beat Samaha 7-5, 6-4, making it the closest match of the evening.
Sophomore Andy Lau’s line five singles match went unfinished against freshman Igor Saveljic in the first set at 5-4.
Freshman Tomas Fernandez’s match went unfinished against sophomore Shoti Meparidze at 4-1 in the first set.
Sophomore Andre Baldo and freshman Filip Mansson lost the line one doubles match in a close fight against Weigel and Norenius 6-4.
Lau and Moreno’s match was even closer, as it took the team of Horton and Meparidze an extra game to win 7-5.
Samaha and sophomore Austin Racine lost their line three singles by the same score, 7-5, to the team of Igor and Ivan Savelji.
The men’s next matchup will be against Sun Belt Conference opponent ULL in Lafayette, Louisiana on Thursday, Feb. 25.