CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Saint Joseph’s men’s tennis team saw its record-breaking season come to a close on Friday as the sixth-seeded Hawks fell to third-seeded Duquesne, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Championship at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
The Dukes took the early initiative with a pair of victories in the first and third doubles flights. In singles play, senior Jose Sierra earned a 6-2, 6-3 win in the first flight to secure a point for the Hawks, but Duquesne notched the required three wins to reach four points and advance to the semifinals.
“We gave a good fight and had a heck of a season,” head coach Ian Crookenden said in reflection. “Duquesne played better on the day, but we will challenge them in the future.”
Saint Joseph’s finished its campaign with a school-record 17 wins in dual matches this season.
Duquesne 4, Saint Joseph’s 1
1. Sierra (SJU) def. Robbie (DUQ), 6-2, 6-3
2. Carpenter (DUQ) def. Brondeau (SJU), 6-4, 6-1
3. Aleman (DUQ) def. Barrus (SJU), 6-2, 6-0
4. Robinson (DUQ) led Urrea (SJU), 6-4, 6-5 (DNF)
5. Chalmers (SJU) led Rubin (DUQ), 7-6 (DNF)
6. Mehdi Mekaoui (DUQ) def. Tristan Boustany (SJU), 1-6, 6-2, 6-4