The Stetson men's tennis team (5-0) defeated UC Riverside (2-10) by a score of 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon in Riverside, California to remain undefeated in 2013.
"As expected, UC Riverside played well in front of their home crowd," Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote said. "I am proud of the team to have kept their composure under difficult circumstances."
UC Riverside took two of the three doubles matches to capture the first point. Freshman Laurynas Antropikas and junior Hans Adrian Riseng defeated Kevin Griffin and Marcus Vizcarra 8-4 for Stetson's only doubles victory.
In singles, Stetson took five of the six matches on the day to secure the victory. Freshman Simon Julin got the Hatters started with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Calvin Ngo. Freshman Egor Panyushkin was next to finish, defeating Griffin in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0. Senior Didrik Berg followed the freshmen with a victory of his own, defeating Jimmy Roberts 7-5, 6-1.
At number six singles, sophomore Chester Espie defeated Marcus Vizcarra by a score of 7-5, 7-5 to seal the victory for the Hatters. Freshman Cahit Kapukiran also went to three sets, defeating Ruffin 6-7 (3), 6-3, 1-0 (3). Antropikas lost by way of retirement after trailing Luis Gastro 6-4, 1-6, 1-1.
The Hatters are back in action tomorrow when they play at Loyola Marymount. The match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (1:30 PT).