|Freshman Brian Tan lost just two games in the #5 match
MEDFORD - The Tufts men's tennis team improved to 8-4 overall with its fourth straight win, an 8-1 score over NCAA Division II squad Merrimack College in non-conference play at Voute Courts on Wednesday afternoon.
In its first three home matches of the season, Tufts has won 26 of 27 doubles and singles matches. They got going on Wednesday with a doubles sweep, including an 8-5 victory by the first duo of junior Andrew Lutz (Baltimore, MD) and sophomore Matt Pataro (Coral Gables, FL). Senior co-captain Sam Laber (Cincinnati, OH) and junior Mark Westerfield (Menlo Park, CA) won 8-3 in the second match. Merrimack was short-handed and defaulted in third doubles.
Junior Ben Barad (San Rafael, CA) improved to 6-2 in the #1 spot this spring with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Merrimack's Max Eppley. Lutz also won easily in the second match, 6-4 and 6-2. Freshman Brian Tan (Orinda, CA) also had a straight-set victory for the Jumbos in the #5 match.
Merrimack's lone win was in third singles, where vince Bellino defeated Laber 7-5 and 6-2.
The Jumbos finish a four-match homestand on Saturday with NESCAC action against Bowdoin starting at noon. The Warriors, who dropped to 11-6 overall, play at Hartford tomorrow at 3 pm.