Photo by Matt Horning

Some players gather around to chat between sets at practice. The team will be traveling to New York over the weekend to face St. Bonaventure and Buffalo.


Feb. 26, 2018

Men’s tennis sweeps at home for two victories in non-conference play

The Cleveland State University men’s tennis team took on Bucknell University and John Carroll University at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion on Feb. 18, where the Vikings dominated both matches winning by a score of 7-0 in both matches.

With the two wins Cleveland State has managed to keep its home record near perfect, suffering just one loss.

The wins Sunday has helped propel Cleveland State to a two win streak.

The play of William Malm helped lead the Vikings to three victories in the two games courtesy of two singles matches and a double match win.

It was Malm’s fifth win on the season, as he won his sets 6-4 and 6-3, against Colin Sacco of Bucknell.

In doubles, the team of Luke Phillips and William Malm defeated Max Kane and Timber Erskine of Bushnell 6-4.

Malm also saw off Adi Jha from John Carroll in the second match by scores of 6-3 and 6-0.

As a team in singles matches, Cleveland State rattled off six straight wins against Bucknell while picking up six straight wins against John Carroll in singles play.

In doubles, Cleveland State would take three matches out of three against Bucknell, while totaling three wins against John Carroll in the doubles stage.

With the wins, head coach Brian Etzkin expressed his excitement stating, “I thought we played well in doubles today, which really created some momentum for us heading into singles. This was a good team victory for us today, and it was good to improve on our result from last year.”

The biggest surprise has been the young team’s unparalleled record at home at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion, where they have suffered only one loss at home against Butler University.

The Vikings hit the court next Friday Feb. 24, as they take on St. Bonaventure in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. before heading Buffalo to take on Buffalo Feb. 25.


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