Moon Township, Pa. (April 7, 2013)-- The Mount St. Mary's men's tennis team defeated the Colonials 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in the Keystone State to improve to 12-6 on the season. With the win, the Mount goes to 3-1 in Northeast Conference play on the season with one more conference match to play.
Robert Morris jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after taking doubles at No. 2 and 3. Mike Salomon and Adam Salam dropped an 8-5 decision to Matheus Neves Ferreira and Juan Andres Hirmas at No. 2. Mike Zabetakis and Austin Blake lost a closely contested 8-6 match against Jose Limon and Andre Corio at No. 3. The senior tandem of Matthew Blake and Taylor Place picked up another win at No. 1 doubles over Angus Thomson and Tarun Kishan, 8-4.
The Mount took the match with wins at the one, three, four and six spots to come out on top. Freshman Austin Blake provided the Mount with the deciding match at No.4 singles. Blake knocked off Tarun Kishan 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. Brother Matthew Blake knocked off Ferreira in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1. Fellow senior Taylor Place continued his winning ways, winning 6-2, 6-3 over Hirmas at No. 6 singles. Mike Salomon rounded out the scoring with a win over Jose Limon at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-3.
The Mount returns to action on Wednesday, April 10 against in state rival Loyola. The match with the Greyhounds begins at 3:00 PM at the MSM Tennis Courts.
MSM 4 - RMU 3
1. Matthew Blake/Taylor Place (MSM) def. Angus Thomson/Tarun Kishan (RMU)- 8-4
2. Matheus Neves Ferreira/Juan Andres Hirmas (RMU) def. Mike Salomon/Adam Salam (MSM)- 8-5
3. Jose Limon/Andre Corio (RMU) def. Mike Zabetakis/Austin Blake (MSM)- 8-6
1. Matthew Blake (MSM) def. Matheus Neves Ferreira (RMU)- 6-3, 6-4
2. Angus Thomson (RMU) def. Adam Salam (MSM)- 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Mike Salomon (MSM) def. Jose Limon (RMU)- 6-3, 6-3
4. Austin Blake (MSM) def. Tarun Kishan (RMU)- 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
5. Andre Corio (RMU) def. Mike Zabetakis (MSM)- 6-4, 6-2
6. Taylor Place (MSM) def. Juan Andres Hirmas (RMU)- 6-2, 6-3