Tennis’ win streak continues

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T.J. Amato

After falling behind in doubles, the Radford University men’s tennis team bounced back to win five of six singles matches to defeat North Florida University, 5-2, in a non-conference tennis match on Monday, March 14.

The Highs have won seven straight and 10 of their last 11. With the win over North Florida they’ve improved to 11-3 overall.

The lone doubles win the Highs had came from its top duo, senior Ivan Salec and sophomore Thomas Dehaen, who defeated North Florida’s top doubles players 8-5.

A Salec win by default in the top singles match tied the match and then the Highs got three convincing straight-set wins to capture the match for RU.
Junior Igor Orgrizek, freshman Stijn Meulemans and Dehaen dropped just a combined six games in their matches.

In the No. 2 spot, freshman Nick Sayer got back on the winning path with a three-set victory.

The Highs extended their winning streak to eight with a 5-2 victory over UNC Asheville on Sunday, Mar. 20.

Winners of 11 of their last 12, the Highs improved to 12-3 and 2-1 in league play.

RU quickly took the doubles point with big wins from doubles partners Salec and Dehaen as they took down UNC Asheville, 8-2 and another win by doubles partners Meulemans and Ogrizek, 8-6 over Asheville.

Along with their dominating doubles performance, the Highs opened singles play in terrific fashion with straight set wins over Asheville by Salec, Dehaen and Meulemans to clinch the match.

For the fourth straight season, the Highs have garnered enough wins to be recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. As of March 15 the Highs ranked 73rd place after wins over universities such as South Alabama, Memphis, Tulane and North Florida.

In 2009 the Highs climbed to a school and conference-best 47th place in the ITA Rankings. RU has won five straight Big South Conference titles and has advanced to three of the last four NCAA tournaments.

The Highs will returns to the court on Tuesday, March 22 with a 3:30 p.m. match at Davidson University.