Struggles against east coast opponents continue for men's tennis

Nick Mulflur
Nick Mulflur

ORANGE, Calif. - The Chapman University men's tennis team saw its woes continue as losses to the University of Rochester (N.Y.) and Tufts University (Mass.) brought them to 3-5 on the season and 2-4 at the Chapman Tennis Courts. The two losses are a part of a six-match string versus east coast teams, in which they are currently 1-4.

Saturday, vs. University of Rochester (N.Y.)

A sweep in doubles competition clinched the victory for the visiting YellowJackets Saturday afternoon, as they defeated the Panthers 6-3. Despite splitting the singles at 3-3, Chapman was unable to gain an advantage as they fell in doubles 9-8, 8-5, and 8-6.

Chris Williams and Brett Buford collected straight-set wins for Chapman in singles play. Williams defeated Joe Allen in straight sets at 6-2 and 7-6 to improve to 4-3 on the season, while Buford almost shutout Ben Shapiro with scores of 6-0 and 6-1. Sophomore Kyle Coates collected the third singles win for Chapman, defeating Julian Danko in three sets. Coates dropped the first set 2-6, but came back to win the following two, 6-4 and 6-3.

The regionally ranked No. 19 YellowJackets win over Chapman ended a five-match west coast trip in which they finished 2-5.

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Tuesday, vs. Tufts University (Mass.)

No. 9 Tufts University entered Tuesday's match undefeated in three matches and continued their success with a 7-2 win over Chapman. The Panthers were unable to string together victories, losing to the Jumbos in singles, 5-1 and doubles, 2-1.

Nick Mulflur earned the sole victory in singles for the Panthers to improve his record to 3-4 on the season, defeating Andrew Lutz in three sets. Despite allowing Lutz to break even, Mulfur came back in the third set to win in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-2).

Chapman's lone doubles victory came from Buford and Troy Akin as they defeated the Jumbos' Ben Barad and Rob Jacobson, 8-4.

The Panthers will be back out on their home courts on Thursday as they play host to Amherst before welcoming SCIAC opponent Redlands on Friday.

by Bogart Avila
Sports Information Intern

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