Maryland Men's Tennis Posts Second Shutout of the Season Against Navy
Feb. 9, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's tennis team posted its second 7-0 win in just the second dual meet of the season Saturday when they defeated Navy at the Tennis Center at College Park.
The No. 75 Terps won in every match, including all three doubles matches.
The Terrapins' success at doubles continued when the team of Amit Inbar and David Kwon earned a win over Alex James and Ramsey Lemaich, and Maryland's Nickolai Nielsen and Michael Coleman defeated Nick Birger and Jason Hill, both matches ending 8-5.
Terps freshman Amit Inbar continued to shine at the number one singles position, as he defeated Nelms, 6-2, 6-3. At number two singles, Orban earned a win over Waters for the second time in the day, 6-1, 6-2.
Kwon clinched the match for the Terps with his win over Hill at number three singles. The Maryland sophomore closed out the first set with his serve, hitting multiple aces in the final game. Kwon started the second set with a burst of energy, and rolled the rest of the way, winning 6-4, 6-1.
Playing at number four singles, Maryland junior Boris Fetbroyt got off to a slow start, but found his rhythm against Navy sophomore Ramsey Lemaich in time to win the second set, and force a decisive third set. Fetbroyt lost the first game of the third set, but came back to win the next six, and the match, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Midway through the first set, Terps junior Nickolai Nielsen found himself trailing Alex James, 2-3, but after getting a break-point on the Navy senior's serve, and closing his own service game with a big ace followed by a huge forehand winner, Nielsen won the first set. After a series of games filled with long, high emotion points, Nielsen closed the match, winning 6-4, 6-3.
Competing in his first singles match of the season, Maryland senior Michael Coleman got off to a great start, quickly blanking Navy's Owen Bullard in the first set. Bullard came back to win the second set and force a deciding 10-point tiebreaker third set.
With Coleman and Bullard playing the only match left on the courts, the teams and fans rallied around both players to root them on. Coleman jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the tie break, before Bullard came back to tie it at three. The players continued to go back and forth until Coleman, with a 9-8 lead, came up with a huge serve followed by a blistering cross-court forehand, forcing Bullard to hit the ball into the Tennis Center ceiling, ending the match with a score of 6-0, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8).
The Terps will be back in action Sunday, at 11 a.m., when they play host to Villanova at the Tennis Center at College Park.