KENNESAW, Ga. – The Cleveland State men's tennis team wrapped up its annual Spring Break Trip Wednesday afternoon, battling for a 4-3 victory at Kennesaw State.
PDF BOX SCORE | Cleveland State 4, Kennesaw State 3
• With his win at No. 2 singles, Matthew Terry posted a 2-0 week in his home state of Georgia, and marked his 45th career win.
• Raul Teichmann became the second Viking to reach 20 wins this season, picking up a straight-set victory at No. 4 singles.
• Clark Bilinovich picked up his team-leading 21st singles win of the year, including his 12th victory this spring after picking up a win at No. 6 singles.
• With the win at No. 1 doubles, the tandem of Nico Mostardi and Benjamin Slade now ranks ninth on the CSU Team Doubles Wins List with 21 career wins, while Slade is tied for eighth on the Individual Doubles Wins List with 63 victories.
• Wednesday's match marked the first meeting between the two teams, while it also gave the Vikings their 10th win of the year.
For the second time out of the last three matches the Vikings were able to get out to a quick 1-0 start after picking up the doubles point, earning wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots. Nico Mostardi and Benjamin Slade posted a 6-1 win at the top of the lineup, while Luke Phillips and Matthew Terry earned a matching 6-1 victory at No. 3 doubles.
Although Kennesaw State was able to pick up the first two singles points, the Vikings responded with three straight wins, including the clinching point from Clark Bilinovich at No. 6 singles.
Cleveland State's first singles win of the day came from Terry, as he posted a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles, marking his 17th singles win of the season, and knotting the score at 2-2.
The Vikings were then able to gain a 3-2 advantage after Raul Teichmann picked up a 7-6, 6-4 victory at the No. 4 spot, picking up his 10th singles win of the spring season.
Bilinovich then posted the clinching point at the No. 6 spot for the Vikings, battling for a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(2) victory. This marked his 10th win out of his last 11 matches, while it marked his fifth clinching point this spring.
From The Sidelines
"This was a fun match to be a part of, and overall it was a good competitive match between two quality teams. The doubles point was big today, Luke and Matt made their dual match doubles lineup debut and played very well together, while Nico and Ben continued their strong play at the top of the lineup."
"Matt was able to take two steps forward – picking up two good wins – over this spring break trip, and he is getting back to his normal self on the court after struggling through a few injuries. Raul started off a little slow in his match, but he found a way to get a bounce-back win in a tight match, which will give him a lot of confidence moving forward. Clark also had a good bounce-back win today, as he was able to pick up some very big points down the stretch because of his focus and competitiveness that he showed on the court."
"Hopefully this will be a springboard for us moving forward this season, as we look to continue working on our competitive energy and playing as one unit in the upcoming Horizon League matches." – head coach Brian Etzkin
• The Vikings will stay on the road to begin Horizon League play next week, traveling to Green Bay for a 4:30 p.m. EST contest on Sunday, March 24.
Doubles (1, 3)
1. Mostardi/Slade (CSU) def. Torres Curth/Lahey (KSU), 6-1
2. Calvo Barcelo/Muhammad (KSU) vs. Teichmann/Bilinovich (CSU), 4-1, unf.
3. Phillips/Terry (CSU) def. Triana/Maughan (KSU), 6-1
Singles (1, 5, 2, 4, 6, 3)
1. F. Calvo Barcelo (KSU) def. Nico Mostardi (CSU), 6-3, 6-2
2. Matthew Terry (CSU) def. Bryan Triana (KSU), 6-3, 6-3
3. Sebastian Osorio (KSU) def. Luke Phillips (CSU), 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
4. Raul Teichmann (CSU) def. L. Torres Curth (KSU), 7-6, 6-4
5. Gaston Muhammad (KSU) def. Benjamin Slade (CSU), 6-3, 7-5
6. Clark Bilinovich (CSU) def. Harvey Maughan (KSU), 6-0,4-6, 7-6(2)