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Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023

Mercer men’s tennis starts the season with a 4-1 record

A photo of Mercer Tennis player Danny Flynn. Credit: Mercer Athletics.
A photo of Mercer Tennis player Danny Flynn. Credit: Mercer Athletics.

After a tough loss to Alabama in the beginning of January, Mercer's men's tennis team bounced back and went on a four game winning streak. They played four teams over the weekend and came out winning all four matches and improved their record to 4-1.

The team played two matches on Saturday against Alabama A&M and Young Harris College. They swept Alabama A&M seven matches to none. First singles player Lucas Wayenburg beat Vence Ntcha 6-0 in both matches, and second singles player David Georgadze beat Rodrigo Arana Rios 6-2 in the first and 4-6 in the second. Third singles player Danny Flynn beat Divesh Gahlot 6-1 then 6-0 and fourth singles player Samuel Barrow defeated Natiphat Mulada 7-5 and 6-2. Barrow and Alexandr Koliev also went on to win the fifth and sixth singles matches for the Bears.

On the doubles side of things, Georgadze and Wayenburg notched a quick win in the first match. The second doubles team, consisting of Barrow and Branicki, beat German Ruiz Crespo and Freddie Lawrence 6-3. The third doubles team of Flynn and Macleod took down Divesh Gahlot and Natiphat Mulada 6-1 to complete a clean sweep for the Bears.

The Bears also defeated Young Harris 6-1 on the same day. Wayenburg beat Rodrigo Mendoza 6-2 and 6-4, Georgadze defeated Pieke Bouman 6-2 in both sets and Flynn beat Chimo Minguez Ribera 6-3 in both of their sets. Mcleod and Koliev notched two more singles wins for Mercer despite a loss by Barrow in his match.

In the doubles matches, Georgadze and Wayenburg beat Janis Auslands and Pieke Bouman 6-2, Barrow and Branicki took down Rodrigo Mendoza and Chimo Minguez Ribera 6-3 and Flynn and Mcleod beat Romeo Luque and Eric DelValle 6-4 to end the day.

Mercer kept up their winning ways and took down Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and won 6-1. Wayenburg, Flynn and Mcleod all won their matches in the Sunday slate, while Georgadze suffered a loss. Barrow and Koliev won their matches by default because there were no players from ABAC to fill those slots.

In doubles, Georgadze and Wayenburg beat Gaston Cantero and Chang En Tsai 6-1, Barrow and Branicki beat Ignacio Orgaz and S. Siriwanichkul 6-2, and Flynn and Mcleod won by default due to lack of players from ABAC.

They also played Emmanuel College on Sunday and won 7-0, improving their record to 4-1. The Bears play at home Saturday against Stetson University and will attempt to further improve their record.


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