Troy tennis rolls in singles competition


Michael Shipma

Sports Editor

The Troy men’s tennis team cruised to multiple wins at the UNCC Fall Invitational on Sunday.

The Trojans dominated in singles play and finished the weekend with a trio of Trojans winning their brackets.

The Trojans also managed an upset of No. 3 Duke in doubles play, as Pablo Moreno and Andy Lau defeated the Blue Devils’ Ryan Dickerson and Spencer Furman 7-6, 7-6 on the first day of the three-day invitational in Charlotte.

Freshman Amer Bedwan cruised to an 8-4 record in his third-ever collegiate tournament, winning all four of his singles matches on his way to a draw victory in the C1 bracket.

Also in Bedwan’s bracket was junior Austin Racine, who made it to the bracket semifinals after defeating NC-Asheville’s Ed Colclough in a close match, 6-4, 6-3.

Sophomore Filip Mansson and junior Mustapha Belcora also earned draw victories in their respective brackets. Mansson defeated Sun Belt foe Trey Morris from Appalachian State by a score of 7-5, 6-1, while Belcora defeated Moreno 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.

Freshman Shaaz Peerani nearly won his consolation draw in singles play, but fell in two sets to Davidson’s Matthew Rose.

In doubles play, Baldo and Mannson won their consolation draw, while Moreno and Lau won their bracket’s championship in walkover fashion over teammates Bedwan and Hassan Ndayishimiye. Moreno and Lau got there by taking down NC-Asheville’s Henry Patten and Josh Swindler 6-4.

The Trojans will return to action Friday when they travel to Birmingham for the CBB Collegiate Invite.

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