WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Norfolk State men’s tennis team played a pair of matches at No. 5 Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon. The Demon Deacons earned a 6-0 win in the first contest before defeating the Spartans again in the second one, 6-1, at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Sophomore Antonio Pejic earned NSU’s only win of the day in the second match, downing Anthony Delcore at the No. 4 position. Pejic won the first set, 6-3, before Delcore came back to take the second by the same 6-3 margin. In the third set, Pejic pulled out a 6-4 victory for the match win.
The two squads played singles and doubles in the second match but just singles in the first. The Demon Deacons improved to 12-3 on the season while keeping NSU winless at 0-7.
Sophomore Fatehdeep Singh nearly won the first set over No. 25 Skander Mansouri, falling 7-6, including a 7-5 tiebreaker, at the No. 5 singles position in the second match of the day. Mansouri had a much easier time in the second set, winning 6-0.
Freshman Dan Dumitrascu did win the first set at the No. 3 position, 6-4 over Sam Bloom. The next two sets went the way of Bloom, who won 6-0 and 6-0. Also at the No. 1 spot, freshman Benedikt Henning dropped a matchup against Keivon Tabrizi in a close match, 7-5 and 6-3. Freshman Flavian Fernandez also fell at No. 2 singles, 6-3 and 6-0, to Maksim Kan.
“Today was an incredibly productive day for these young men, gaining valuable experience and perspective and getting to double up on outdoor matches against a national title contender,” said head coach Worth Richardson. “We were really pleased with the performance in the second match with Singh holding set points against the No. 25 ranked player in the country and Pejic defeating a senior who had been ranked as high as No. 93 in the nation.”
In doubles in the second match, Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky pulled out a 6-3 win over Henning and Fernandez at the No. 1 position. At No. 2 doubles, Delcore and Bloom topped Pejic and Singh, 6-3.
The Demon Deacons won No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles by default as a result of NSU’s short-handed lineup. They also won the sixth singles slot in the first match, which took just a little more than an hour.
Singh fared the best of NSU’s lineup in the first match against Tabrizi at the No. 5 slot, falling by a 6-3, 6-4 margin. One spot higher in the lineup, Kan knocked off Pejic, 6-2 and 6-1.
At the first three positions, No. 113-ranked Bogaerts downed Henning by scores of 6-1 and 6-1 at the No. 1 slot, while Jon Ho topped Dumitrascu at the second position, 6-2 and 6-0. Uspensky picked up a 6-2, 6-3 victory at the third position over Fernandez.
NSU will play at VCU on Friday for another doubleheader beginning at noon. The two programs will play in a 4-1 format (four singles matches and one doubles, all different players) after the VCU 4-1 Invitational scheduled for earlier this season was cancelled.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.