No. 71 Maryland Men's Tennis Feeds Wildcats a Bagel, Wins 7-0
Feb. 21, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 71-ranked Maryland men's tennis team dominated Villanova Saturday on its way to a 7-0 win. The Terps (4-3, 0-1) didn't drop a single set to the Wildcats (0-3), as they beat Villanova for the seventh consecutive season, and earned their sixth straight shut-out against the Big East foe.
Maryland started strong, sweeping the doubles matches after all three Terps doubles teams held serve and broke to start their matches.
As solid as the Terps' doubles performance was, their performance at singles was even more convincing. Maryland held Villanova to two games or less in nine of the 12 sets played at singles.
Playing at his usual number one singles spot, Maryland senior Andy Orban took care of junior Alex Leeser, winning 6-2, 6-0.
Junior David Kwon earned a victory at number two singles against Villanova senior Brian Maher, 6-2, 6-1.
Playing in his first match as a Terp, France native Graham Knowlton started off his Maryland career with a great performance, defeating Hanno 6-1, 6-2.
Maryland's other French product, freshman Mathias Sarrazin, played in the day's closest match, but came out with the win nonetheless. Sarrazin played Villanova sophomore David Shaheen to two tie-breakers, winning both breakers and the match, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5).
Playing at number four singles, senior Boris Fetbroyt earned a victory against the Wildcats' Trenton Alenik, 6-2, 6-3, and Maryland junior Alex Aksanov rounded out play with his victory over Mike Taylor, 6-2, 6-2.
The win is the second home win this season in which the Terps swept the competition, with the other victory coming against Georgetown.
The Terps are back in action Sunday, at 12 p.m. when they play host to nearby George Washington at the Tennis Center at College Park. Maryland has won its last four meetings with George Washington, surrendering just two matches in that span.