Pioneers men's tennis completes spring break trip with win at USTA National Campus

Tennis score

Orlando, Fla. – The Transylvania men's and women's tennis teams wrapped up their spring break trip to Florida by splitting a pair of matches with the University of Northwestern (Minn.) Eagles at the USTA National Campus on Friday morning.

The Transylvania men's team picked up a 6-3 victory over the Eagles while the women's team battled to a 5-4 loss.

Transylvania started the men's match off with a bang, claiming 8-0 victories in both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches.

In singles play, Arjun Gupta cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the No. 1 singles match while Hugo Kouhkna posted a 6-2, 6-2 win in the No. 2 singles match.

Nick McNamee and Noah McNamee clinched the 6-3 overall victory for Transylvania with wins in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches.

With the victory, the Pioneers wrap up their spring break slate of games with a record of 3-1.

Transylvania men's tennis head coach Kevin Calhoun was pleased with his team's efforts on the court, and the growth that the team showed off the court.

"These types of trips are an amazing experience for the athletes and we are grateful to be able to take them," remarked Calhoun. "The tennis was outstanding and we grew closer as a team and as a tennis program. The men are excited about our upcoming conference season!"

In the women's match, the Pioneers led 2-1 after doubles play thanks to an 8-6 win by Porsche Robinson and Jessica Burton in the No. 1 doubles match and a victory by the team of Merrick Irwin and Reagan Jobe in the No. 3 doubles matchup.

The Pioneers kept the momentum going in singles play as Robinson and Burton claimed victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively to give Transylvania a  4-1 lead over Northwestern. However, the Eagles went on to win the final four singles matches to claim the 5-4 overall victory.

With the loss, the Transylvania women's team wraps up its 2018-19 season with an overall record of 8-11. Up next for the Transylvania men's team is a matchup with the Thomas More University Saints on Tuesday, March 19. The match is set for a 3:00 p.m. start at Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

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