LYNCHBURG, Va. – Sophomore Antonio Pejic claimed Norfolk State’s only win in the match during a 6-1 loss to Liberty on Saturday, Feb 13, evening in a men’s tennis matchup at the Sports Racket.
Pejic won by a 7-5, 6-4 score at the No. 3 singles position over Diego Castano to keep NSU from getting shutout in the match. Nevertheless, the Spartans fell to 0-3 overall, while Liberty improved to 3-3.
“This was a tough loss but ultimately a learning experience for this incredibly young team,” said head coach Worth Richardson. “We had lots of opportunities, but ultimately Liberty was the smarter team and the final team score showed it. Next weekend against JMU, it will be interesting to see just how much we learned.”
NSU had a close match at the No. 2 and 4 singles positions. At the fourth slot, freshman Dan Dumitrascu lost the first set, 6-3, before winning the second, 6-4, against Alex Poynter. But in the third, Poynter won the tiebreaker 10-7 to earn the match victory.
At the second spot in the lineup, freshman Benedikt Henning won the first set, 6-4, against Egon Samaai. But his Liberty opponent came back to win the next two sets, 6-2 and 6-4.
At the other two contested matchups, freshman Flavian Fernandez fell at the No. 1 spot to Sam Matheson, 6-0 and 6-3. At No. 5, meanwhile, Eddie Gutierrez topped sophomore Fatehdeep Singh, 6-4 and 6-2.
Because of its shorthanded lineup, NSU forfeited the No. 6 single and No. 3 doubles matches. Liberty claimed the doubles point with that win and the victory at No. 2 doubles, 6-2 by Castano and David Bush over Pejic and Singh.
Fernandez and Henning trailed 4-3 at the No. 1 position against Matheson and Samaai before it was called.
NSU will host James Madison next Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of ODU.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.