Two Conference Titles (1974, 1987)
Colonels open SAA play, pick up win against Hanover in Saturday twin bill
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – Centre men's tennis split another Saturday twin bill, meeting No. 23 Sewanee and Hanover at Top Speed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Ky.
MATCH ONE: #23 Sewanee 9, Centre 0
The Colonels couldn't keep up with the 23rd-ranked Tigers in Saturday's first match.
Sewanee won all three doubles bouts, including an 8-4 decision on court one between the Tigers' Jack Gray/Alejandro Becker duo and Centre's Arpit Maini (Spartanburg, S.C.)/Adam Slone (Lexington, Ky.) combo.
In singles, Sewanee took all six matches to earn the decisive Southern Athletic Association victory.
Max Middleton (Cincinnati) was able to take a set off of Becker at No. 2, but ultimately fell, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
MATCH TWO: Centre 6, Hanover 3
Centre rebounded with its first Division III victory of the young season, besting Hanover by a 6-3 tally.
The Colonels took two of three doubles matches to gain an edge heading into singles play.
Maini and Slone earned a sizeable 8-2 victory against Jonathan Helmers and Mitchell Minniear at No. 1, while Middleton and Ben Hadlock (Okemos, Mich.) came away with an 8-6 win in No. 3 against Hanover's Alec Bates and Brent Barrett.
Maini followed his doubles point with another in No. 1 singles, defeating Landon Carrico in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
Middleton capped a strong day with a 6-0, 6-0 rout against Helmers at No. 2, putting the Colonels one match from overall victory.
Josh Joiner (Danville, Ky.) would be the next to finish, officially clinching the team win in his 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Bates at No. 6.
Hadlock was the sixth and final Centre point, defeating Minniear 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.
The Colonels next face No. 30 Christopher Newport March 17 at 12 p.m. ET in Newport New, Va.