The Ursinus College Men's tennis team won their first match on Tuesday vs. King's College in Orlando, but suffered their first defeat as well in a loss to Cornerstone University in the night cap.
In the morning match, the Bears jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after doubles. Dave Rowe and Mike Melchiorre led the charge with an 8-4 win at third doubles. Freshman duo Tyler Arsenault and Alex Elbogen followed suit with an 8-6 win at second doubles, while the first doubles team of Evan Stutchin and Matt Hope pulled out a close match with a 9-8 (7-4) victory.
In singles, Stutchin continued his impressive spring with a 6-0, 6-3 win in the first slot. Elbogen (fourth), Rowe (fifth) and Melchiorre (sixth) all also won in straight sets to round out the 7-2 victory.
In the evening match, the Bears (4-1) were swept in doubles, leaving themselves a 3-0 deficit heading into singles. Cornerstone, an NAIA team from Michigan, would not let the Bears produce any miraculous comebacks.
Ursinus did manage to split the 6 singles matches, leaving the Bears on the short end of a 6-3 defeat. Stutchin was again victorious in the first flight, winning 6-3, 6-2. It was also a good night for two Bear freshman, Tyler Arsenault and Dalton Lynch. Arsenault and Lynch
both won in straight sets in the fourth and sixth flights, respectively.
The Bears will hit the courts again on Thursday evening when they face Mt. St. Mary's (NY) in another spring break match up.
UC 7, KING'S 2
Matt Hope/Evan Stutchin (UC) d. Tony Bevevino/Jake Rohring 9-8 (7-4)
Tyler Arsenault/Alex Elbogen (UC) d. Bobby Buttafogo/Chris DiMino 8-6
Dave Rowe/Mike Melchiorre (UC) d. P.T. Romano/Brandon Franklin 8-4
Stutchin (UC) d. Bevevino 6-0, 6-3
Rohring (KC) d. Evan Lord 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 10-3
Buttafogo (KC) d. Dylan Marsh 6-0, 6-2
Elbogen (UC) d. Dimino 6-2, 6-4
Rowe (UC) d. Nick Conte 6-1, 6-2
Melchiorre (UC) d. Ryan Hegarty 7-6 (7-1), 6-0
Cornerstone University 6, UC 3
Elijah Yi/Austin Hunt (CU) d. Hope/Stutchin 8-5
Chris Reed/John Andrew (CU) d. Lord/Marsh 8-1
Andrew Son/Alex Tarnov d. Arsenault/Elbogen 8-6
Stutchin (UC) d. Yi 6-3, 6-2
Hunt (CU) d. Lord 6-1, 6-0
Reed (CU) d. Hope 6-0, 6-1
Arsenault (UC) d. Andrew 6-4, 6-1
Son (CU) d. Marsh 6-3, 6-4
Dalton Lynch (UC) d. Tarnov 7-5, 6-3