Atlanta, N.C. - Fresh off a #24 national ranking, the NCWC men's tennis team took on two of the top programs in the nation on Saturday, facing Division III #1 Emory University and NAIA #1 Georgia Gwinnett College in Atlanta. The Bishops fell by 8-1 and 9-0 decisions.
Beginning the day at Emory (6-1), the Eagles opened up a 3-0 lead in doubles with 8-3, 8-5, and 8-4 wins. EU's Jonathan Jemison and Alec Josepher then escaped NCWC's Sebastian Sikh and Ioannis Brokakis at #1 and #2 singles, respectively, in three sets. Sikh fell 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, while Brokakis dropped a 6-2, 5-7, 10-4 decision. Wesleyan's lone point came at #5 where freshman Roberto Puig knocked off Scott Rubenstein 6-4, 6-1.
In NCWC's evening match at GGC (13-0), the Bishops came out strong in doubles action with the duo of J.D. Telles/Aditya Iyer narrowly missing a point with an 8-6 loss at #2. The Grizzlies used their momentum from doubles to post six straight-set wins in singles play to secure the sweep and remain perfect on the season.
Wesleyan (3-3) opens its 2018 home slate on Wednesday afternoon with a 3:00pm match versus Mercyhurst University. Wednesday's action will also feature the Bishop women taking on the Lakers at 3:00pm.