KISSIMEE, Fla. – Bradley jumped on Big East Conference foe Connecticut by sweeping the doubles matches and the Braves (9-6) rode the momentum to a 5-2 victory against the Huskies Tuesday morning for the team’s third consecutive win and fifth victory in the last six matches.
The doubles pairing of Justin Abrams and Arthur Romanet posted a convincing 8-0 win at #3 doubles to get things started and the duo of Juan Diego Cuadrado and Hamish Weerasinghe improved to 6-0 at #2 doubles this spring with an 8-2 win at #2 doubles to clinch the first point of the match for Bradley. Ahmed Albitar and Ashton Kalhorn finishing off the doubles sweep with an 8-5 win at #1 doubles.
“At this point in the season, it was a very uplifting result for the Bradley men’s tennis team,” said Braves head coach Jesse Plote. “Our play today should spark a lot of confidence in the team, not just by beating a Big East team, but by the way we went about our business. The intensity and energy we brought out in doubles carried over to a complete win and I am very proud of the way our guys competed today.”
Kalhorn was the first to finish in singles action, earning his fifth consecutive singles win with a 6-0, 6-0 straight-set victory at #5 singles against UCONN’s James Cohen. Albitar pushed his singles win streak to four consecutive matches, topping Mark HoSang 6-1, 6-0 at #3 singles.
Weerasinghe was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at #2 singles and a 6-1, 6-3 win at #6 singles by Abrams sealed the victory for the Braves. Connecticut fell to 3-7 on the season with the loss.
The Bradley men’s tennis team returns to action Thursday, playing a pair of matches in Huntsville, Ala., against Alabama A&M (1 p.m.) and Alabama-Huntsville (4 p.m.)
Bradley Men’s Tennis Dual Match Result
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | Kissimmee, Fla.
Bradley 5, Connecticut 2
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
No. 1 – Wayne Harrell (UConn) def. Juan Diego Cuadrado (BU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 – Hamish Weerasinghe (BU) def. Ryan Carr (UConn) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Ahmed Albitar (BU) def. Mark HoSang (UConn) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 – Andrew Ginzberg (UConn) def. Arthur Romanet (BU) 7-6 (0), 6-3
No. 5 – Ashton Kalhorn (BU) def. James Cohen (UConn) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Justin Abrams (BU) def. Zac McEntee (UConn) 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5,3,2,6,1,4