WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Freshman Benedikt Henning won his fifth straight singles match during Norfolk State’s 6-1 loss to No. 70 William & Mary on Friday, Mar 18, morning in men’s tennis action at the Millie West Tennis Facility at William & Mary.
Henning topped Christian Cargill, the defending CAA Rookie of the Year, at the No. 1 spot in the lineup in a back-and-forth affair. Henning took the first set, 6-2, before Cargill won the second by the same 6-2 score. Then in the third set tiebreaker, Henning came out on top by a 10-7 margin.
The Tribe, though, won the other four contested singles matches and also won the doubles point due to NSU’s short-handed lineup. William & Mary improved to 10-3 on the season while dropping the Spartans to 2-11.
NSU did win at No. 1 doubles, where the sophomore duo of Antonio Pejic and Fatehdeep Singh defeated Scott Huang and Ryan Newman, 6-3. Huang and Newman had been coming off a win over the No. 57 nationally ranked duo from Valparaiso in William & Mary’s last match.
Cargill and Addison Appleby came away with the win at the second position over Henning and freshman Dan Dumitrascu, 6-4. That win helped the Tribe win the doubles point, which included a default victory at the third position.
William & Mary also won by default at No. 6 singles. The other four singles matches were taken in straight sets.
Appleby downed Pejic at the second spot in the lineup, 6-0 and 6-2, while Alec Miller defeated Dumitrascu at No. 3 singles, 6-2 and 6-2.
In the other two matches, Singh fell to Lars de Boer, 6-4, 6-0, at the fourth spot, while freshman Flavian Fernandez suffered a 6-2, 6-1 setback to Aidan Talcott at the No. 5 position.
“We were very happy to pick up wins at the number 1 singles and doubles positions against a nationally ranked team,” said head coach Worth Richardson. “Parlaying that into success in divisional matches will be this young team’s next task.”
NSU will next host Richmond on Sunday, Mar 20, at 1 p.m. at the NSU Tennis Complex before beginning conference play later next week.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.