|Owen Bartok had a 6-2, 6-2 victory in sixth singles today.|
CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Tufts University men's tennis team won all six singles matches to come back from down a point to defeat George Fox University 7-2 on Friday afternoon in California.
The #22 Jumbos lost two out of three in doubles, but were on point in singles competition to improve to 3-3 overall. The Bruins, ranked 28th nationally, dropped to 4-5 overall.
Both of George Fox's wins in doubles went to tie-breakers. Tufts had taken a 1-0 lead as junor Zach Shaff and sophomore Carl-Herman Grant won 8-4 on the second court. However, at #1 Bruins Will Leach and Keaten Baker won a 7-5 tie-break and at #3 Payton Namba with Thierry Van Os took a 7-3 tie-breaker to give George Fox a 2-1 advantage.
The Jumbos were dominant in the bottom four singles matches. Freshmen Isaac Gorelik was first off as he won 6-1, 6-3 over Baker at #3 to tie the match at 2-2. Grant had the exact some scores in a win against freshman Rox Rogers in fifth singles to put the Jumbos ahead 3-2. Sophomore walk-on Owen Bartok got the Jumbos within one of a win with a 6-2, 6-2 final against sophomore Payton Namba on the sixth singles court. The clincher was secured by junior Ben Biswas 6-3, 7-5 against Alex Namba at #3.
The Jumbos closed out the singles sweep with two three-set victories. Freshman #2 Paris Pentousis came back to win 5-7, 6-1, 10-4, and sophomore Boris Sorkin triumphed 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 at first singles. The #1 match pitted #1 in the nation Sorkin versus #21 nationally Will Leach from George Fox. Pentousis defeated #36 in the country Luke Lemaitre.
Tufts has one more California match tomorrow at Redlands. George Fox will be facing Riverside Community College later in the day on Friday.