ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Senior captain Kyle Chalmers earned a pair of victories on Wednesday morning as the Saint Joseph’s men’s tennis team clawed back from an early deficit to beat Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-3, at Sanlando Park.
Chalmers paired with sophomore Dan Tan for a 6-3 win in the second doubles flight, but the Knights claimed the doubles point with wins in the first and third flights.
In singles play, sophomore Tim Stierle earned a 7-5, 6-3 straight-sets victory over Gonzalo Quintana in the top flight to get the Hawks on the board. Chalmers, meanwhile, held off Danilo Vukotic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, in flight number two.
A pair of victories in the fourth and sixth flights finished off the team result for SJU. In the fourth flight, senior Tristan Boustany was a 6-4, 7-6 (5) winner over Diogo Garnel, while junior Peter Dewitt rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Salomon Koster in the sixth.
"It was a very good, competitive match in which the Hawks fought back after losing the doubles point," head coach Ian Crookenden said. "The Knights enjoyed a 2-0 lead before Peter, Tim, and Tristan all pulled out straight-sets victories. It was fitting that our captain, Kyle, closed out his match, taking the pressure off of Dan, who lost the third set in a rush of relief at not having the decision hinge on his outcome.
"Another tough match finishes our doubleheader day," he continued. "I feel that our outdoor play can get a lot better, but today's fight showed that adversity is now considered a challenge rather than a problem."
The Hawks will try to keep the momentum going later Wednesday evening in a match with Liberty.
Saint Joseph’s 4, Fairleigh Dickinson 3
1. Stierle (SJU) def. Quintana (FDU), 7-5, 6-3
2. Chalmers (SJU) def. Vukotic (FDU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Carvalho (FDU) def. Andre Fick (SJU), 6-0, 6-3
4. Boustany (SJU) def. Garnel (FDU), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
5. Chan (FDU) def. Tan (SJU), 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
6. Dewitt (SJU) def. Salomon Koster (FDU), 6-2, 6-1
Singles: Saint Joseph’s 67, Fairleigh Dickinson 63
Doubles: Fairleigh Dickinson 15, Saint Joseph’s 11
Total: Saint Joseph’s 78, Fairleigh Dickinson 78