Bobcat netters pick up first win of the season

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. ­— Wesleyan’s Ramon Rodriguez and Haris Simaioforidis overcame an early deficit to win their No. 2 doubles match and clinch a 5-4 victory over the University of Mount Olive in inter-regional tennis action here Sunday afternoon.

Rodriguez and Simaioforidis both won their singles matches as well, as the Bobcats went out to a 4-2 advantage after the singles were completed.

Maycon Santos Dias and Thomas McIntosh also contributed key singles wins to bring Wesleyan (1-1, 0-0 MEC) to the brink of the victory. McIntosh was called into action due to an ankle injury to Alexander Lyudinovskiy, which he suffered in his match the day before. McIntosh answered the call with a gutsy performance at No. 6 singles turning in a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win.

McIntosh staved off a match point at 4-5, 30-40 before knotting the match at 5-5 with an overhead to break serve. After holding to take a 6-5 lead, the sophomore attacked the net aggressively after his returns and broke to win the match.

After winning at No. 1 doubles (8-5), Mount Olive tied the team score at 4-4 with the No. 2 doubles match left to decide the day.

The ‘Cats, currently ranked second in the ITA Atlantic region, are back in action Saturday at home against Roberts Wesleyan. They will travel back to the Carolinas for a four-match spring break trip.

Division I Longwood during a six day span. They will also have an exhibition with Lenoir-Rhyne University during the trip.

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