WU and RU Improve Win Streaks with League Wins Saturday

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Winthrop 6, UNC Asheville 1

ROCK HILL, SC – The men’s tennis team made it twelve straight and took at least a share of the Big South title as they brought down UNC Asheville 6-1 Saturday afternoon at the Memorial Courts.

The win puts the Eagles at 14-5 on the season and a perfect 5-0 in the Big South, as UNCA drops to 7-9 on the year and 0-3 in the conference.

In doubles play, Winthrop was able to capture two matches to earn the doubles point. In No. 1 doubles, Sergey Belov and Liran Levy defeated Jonas Brobeck and Matt Waissen 8-6, as Guy Kubi and Nadav Ruppin brought down Nicolai Nonnenbroich and Nathan White 8-2 in No. 2 doubles.

The Eagles continued their winning ways in singles action as they took five matches. Belov took down Waissen 6-2, 6-4 in No. 1 singles, as Dejon Bivens defeated Nonnenbroich 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 2 spot. Guy Kubi won in the No. 3 position over Ryan Matthews 6-3, 6-1, as Big South Player of the Week Nadav Ruppin knocked off Brobeck 6-2, 6-3 in No. 5 singles. In No. 6 singles Yuta Hirokawa took down Thomas Rees 6-1, 6-4.

The Eagles will close out their 2011 season as they remain home to take on Gardner-Webb on Friday, April 15. That match is set for 2:30 p.m.


Radford 7, Liberty 0

BLACKSBURG, Va. – No. 65 Radford added to its school-record winning streak with a 7-0 victory over Liberty in Big South men’s tennis action Saturday afternoon at the Burrows Burleson Tennis Center on the Virginia Tech campus.

Liberty falls to 8-9 with the loss and 1-3 in Big South matches, while Radford extends its program-best win streak to 13 matches. Overall, Radford is 17-3, and the Highlanders are 4-1 in conference play.

The contest began at the RU Tennis courts with the Highlanders taking the early 1-0 lead by sweeping the doubles portion.

About 40 minutes after the singles competition began, the two teams were forced inside due to severe thunderstorms in the New River Valley.

Thomas Dehaen pushed Radford’s advantage to 2-0 with a quick straight-set (6-0, 6-1) win at the final singles position. It was the sophomore’s 13th straight win as he improved to 16-3 on the spring.

Wins on courts two and three just seconds apart from freshmen Nick Sayer and Stijn Meulemans clinched the dual for the Highlanders. It was Meulemans’ 15th consecutive triumph as he also recorded his 16th win, while Sayer moved to 15-3.

Igor Ogrizek charted his 15th victory of 2011 with a 6-3, 6-2 straight-set decision on court three.

Radford’s final wins of the afternoon came from Joe Mills and Ivan Salec on courts three and one, respectively. Like Dehaen and Meulemans, Salec extended his double-figure winning streak to 12, while improving to a team-best 17-1.

The Highlanders will conclude their 2011 home schedule with a 1 p.m. dual against Gardner-Webb Sunday afternoon at the RU Tennis Courts.