O’FALLON, Ill. – The Bradley men’s tennis team swept the three doubles matches then rode the early momentum to five singles wins in a 6-1 dual match victory at Saint Louis (2-1) Wednesday afternoon at the St. Clair Tennis Club.
“It was a great way to start the season by coming out and sweeping the doubles matches,” said Bradley head coach Jesse Plote. “Our doubles play provided good momentum to start our first match of the year and Ashton Kalhorn and Hamish Weerasinghe kept that momentum going with some impressive play in their singles matches. It was good to see the rest of the team compete well in the first match of the year.”
Justin Abrams and Juan Diego Cuadrado led Bradley (1-0) to the fast start by cruising to an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles. Michael Davis and Arthur Romanet followed with an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles to clinch the match’s first point, while Ahmed Albitar teamed with Kalhorn for an 8-6 win in the No. 2 position to complete the doubles sweep.
Kalhorn then rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles to keep the pressure on. Weerasinghe quickly followed with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles before the Braves clinched the match when Saint Louis No. 2 player Yehia El Sallaly retired with an ankle injury trailing Romanet 7-6, 4-2.
The Braves added two more singles wins: Albitar took a 6-0, 7-5 decision at No. 3 singles and Cuadrado closed out the day with a 3-set victory at No. 4 singles: 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.
Bradley will visit Iowa Friday afternoon before opening its home schedule with a noon match Sunday against Kansas City at the Clubs at River City. Admission is free for Bradley Tennis home matches.