The Hobart tennis team edged visiting New York University 5-4 in a match played this afternoon on the indoor courts in Bristol Field House at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation. The Statesmen are ranked No. 16 in the Northeast Region in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, and upset the No. 14 Violets.
Hobart improves to 10-3 this season, while NYU is now 3-4 overall. The Statesmen came out of doubles with a 2-1 lead. Junior Bruce Grant and first-year Michael Fields teamed up to defeat a solid Violet pair 8-3 at the top doubles spot. Seniors Walter Green and Kevin Bates rallied to pick up the Statesmen’s second victory at No. 3 doubles. The Hobart duo was down 7-6 at one point, but rallied for a 9-7 win.
NYU tied up the match earning a win at No. 1 singles. Green extended his win streak to nine matches with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph at No. 5 to put Hobart up 3-2 overall. The Violet’s CJ Leong secured a victory at No. 2 to tie things up again. Junior Sam DeLuccia took back the lead for the Statesmen with a win at No. 3. He won his first set 6-3, and was down 4-1 in his second set, but came back for a 6-4 victory.
NYU battled for a win at No. 4 to make it 4-4 overall. It all came down to Fields’ match at No. 6. He dropped the first set 6-4, and then was down in the second set 5-4, 40-15 with his opponent serving for the match. Fields fought his way back to even the set score at 5-5. He then held his serve and broke his opponent again to win the set 7-5. Fields cruised to a 6-1 victory in the third set to secure the win for Hobart.
The Statesmen will be back in action tomorrow, April 2 when they host Nazareth at 4 p.m.