Tennis Bobcats upset Fairmont State, 4-3


FAIRMONT — The West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team upset the Fairmont State Falcons for its first victory of the 2021 season on Tuesday as the Falcons are ranked No. 3 in the Atlantic Region.

WVWC attacked Fairmont right from the start, winning all three doubles matches.

At No. 1 doubles Harry Simaiofordis and Taylor Papworth controlled the match from the start taking care of the Fairmont duo 6-2.

At No. 2 doubles, Nadal Ferrer and Camillo Salvi provided much of the same energy, clinching the Bobcats' doubles point with their 6-2 victory.

In the final pairing, senior Carlos Dodero Fernandez made his season debut with Haruki Iizuka at No. 3 doubles.

In the closest match of the three, WVWC prevailed, winning 6-4.

“Today showed how critical the doubles point is,” remarked Wesleyan head coach Jay Evans. “We came out firing in doubles and were able to carry that momentum into three singles wins.”

The victory is the first in Evans' short time at the helm of the Wesleyan tennis program.

In singles, the 'Cats did indeed carry over the doubles success winning the top three matches.

At No. 1 singles, Dodero Fernandez dominated from start to finish, winning 6-0 and 6-2.

Simaiforidis showed his veteran poise at No. 2, going 6-4, 6-4, to give the Bobcats the 3-0 lead.

Taylor Papworth sealed the victory for WVWC by giving his team another dominant performance winning in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2.

The Bobcats were slated to face Charleston yesterday as the Golden Eagles are the No. 1 team in the Atlantic Region.

They will return to the courts Monday hosting Davis & Elkins at 4 p.m.

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