Men's Tennis Downs CNU to Open League Play, 8-1

Robert Kjellberg

Rocky Mount, N.C. - N.C. Wesleyan men's tennis began its pursuit of a fifth straight USA South title on Sunday with an 8-1 win over Christopher Newport on a cold, windy day at the Slick Family Foundation Tennis Center. Junior Robert Kjellberg continued his stellar play, teaming with Artsiom Prostak for an 8-3 win at #1 doubles before cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at #1 singles.

Also in doubles action, the Bishop duo of Peter Hviid and Johan Ljungdahl were 8-3 winners at the #2 seed, while Mikhail Konnov and Marcus Pola teamed for an 8-6 win at the #3 flight.

In singles play, Prostak was a straight-set winner at the #2 seed (7-6, 6-1) over CNU's Chiraag Shetty, as was Ljungdahl at the #3 position (6-2, 6-2) over Joey Manilla. The Captains managed their lone point at the #4 seed as Robbie Wagner picked up a three-set victory (6-2, 0-6, 6-3) over Konnov.

The Bishops wrapped up play with straight-set wins at the #5 and #6 flights, with Eduardo Ugalde and Iraklii Marutian surrendering just six games combined.

The Bishops (3-4, 1-0 USA South), who are ranked #15 in the latest ITA national poll, will now travel to California over Spring Break for a trio of competitive matches versus Pomona-Pitzer, Trinity and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.