Shaff of No. 13 Men’s Tennis Wins Two Matches during 6-3 Season-Opening Victory at Point Loma

SAN DIEGO – The No. 13 Tufts University men's tennis team opened up the 2017 portion of its season in style, as the Jumbos went undefeated in doubles action during a 6-3 triumph over host Point Loma on Saturday in San Diego. 

Nathan Niemiec tallied a three-set victory in No. 5 singles Saturday.

Freshman Zach Shaff led the way for the Jumbos, going 2-0 during season-opening action, as he was victorious in No. 2 doubles and No. 4 singles.

Juniors Griffin Brockman and Rohan Gupte led the Jumbos (1-0) in No. 1 doubles, as the pair defeated junior CJ Erion and freshman Jesse Miritello, 8-5. Shaff and senior captain Ben Battle emerged victorious in No. 2 doubles action, by outlasting junior Brendon Millington and freshman Yuki Okamoto, 8-3. 

In No. 3 doubles, head coach Karl Gregor rolled out junior Zain Ali and freshman Benjamin Biswas, as the two athletes posted an 8-4 win over junior Grant Alston and freshman Tim Soderman.

The Sea Lions responded with a strong showing in singles action, claiming victories in No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches. Millington won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, over Gupte in No. 1 singles. Erion defeated Ali, 6-3, 6-4, in No. 2 singles, and then junior Jack Alston outperformed junior Danny Coran, 6-4, 6-3, in No. 3 singles. 

Shaff won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, against Okamoto in No. 4 singles, and then freshman Nathan Niemiec posted a crucial three-set victory, 6-4, 5-7, 10-6, against Miritello in No. 5 singles. Rounding out the Jumbos' performances was senior captain Kevin Kelly winning, 6-1, 6-1, in No. 6 singles against freshman Mark Penner.

The Jumbos will take on the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, on Sunday at 2 p.m. The team's home opener is slated for April 1 at noon against NESCAC Conference-rival Amherst.  

Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern

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