HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Stetson men’s tennis team finished day one of competition at the Southern Miss Invitational in Hattiesburg on Friday. The Hatters competed in both singles and doubles.
The Hatters faced off against players from South Alabama, and Nicholls State in singles competition. South Alabama and Nicholls State were both ranked in the top-100 last season, with South Alabama making it as high as #52, and Nicholls State as high as #71.
"It was a very good day for our young Hatters squad," Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote said. "They performed very well against teams who were amongst the nation’s best in 2012"
Early in the day, four Hatters picked up singles wins. Laurynas Antropikas defeated Roy Knight (Nicholls) 4-6, 6-2, 10-8. Simon Julin picked up a win, defeating Sidharth Sivakumar (Nicholls) 6-3, 6-2. Chester Espie won his match, defeating Evan Karatzas (Nicholls) 6-4, 6-2. Didrik Berg was also victorious, defeating Manel Estruega (Nicholls) 6-3, 6-4.
In the second set of singles matches, the Hatters picked up three more victories.
Egor Panyushkin defeated Blake Gregor (South Alabama) 6-2, 6-2 to pick up his first win of the day. Chester Espie won his second singles match of the day, defeating Sebastian Kirmse (South Alabama) 6-1, 6-0. Hans Adrian Riseng defeated Jan Hellmich (South Alabama) 6-0, 6-2.
Cahit Kapukiran fell to Daniel Leitner (South Alabama) 6-3, 6-2. Cody Hall (South Alabama) defeated Didrik Berg 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) and Laurynas Antropikas lost his match, falling to Shayan Vaezzadeh (South Alabama) 6-4, 6-2.
“Our freshmen are learning and are starting to play the Hatters way, " assistant coach Christophe Noblet said. “They all understand our proud history and what they have to live up to. They are enjoying each moment and having fun with the challenge of keeping the program moving up amongst the nations best"
The Hatters won two of their three doubles matches on Friday. Berg and Antropikas won 8-3 against Rob Lee (Lamar) and Inaki Belloso (Southern Miss.). Panyushkin and Espie defeated Bruno Snyder and Steven McMullan of Lamar. Kapukiran and Risen were less successful on Friday, falling to CarlPhilip Lindqvist and Mikko Rajamaki (Lamar) by a score of 8-2.
Stetson is back in action on Saturday, starting play at 8:30 a.m.