WVWC drops tennis opener to Salem


BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s tennis team lost their home opener on Tuesday against the Salem Tigers.

The Bobcats dropped a 5-2 result.

Wesleyan fell behind by a 2-1 score after the completion of doubles action.

The Wesleyan No. 1 doubles seed of Harry Simaiofordis and Taylor Papworth took down Gianfranco Germinara and Emanuel Nicodemo by a 6-2 score for the lone doubles win.

Wesleyan just missed out on taking the lead in doubles when Anthony McIntosh and Haruki Iizuka battled through five tiebreak points, but eventually lost a 7-6 decision to Anas Haddou and Zachary Laplante at No. 2.

Wesleyan fell at No. 3 and No.2 singles before Camillo Salvi pulled out a win for the Bobcats at No 4., besting Laplante, 6-2, 6-2.

The match was decided on Germinara beating Simaiofordis at No. 1 to give Salem their fifth victory.

That didn’t stop Wesleyan’s Nadal Nicolau Ferrer winning his match at No. 6 over Victor Lopez, 6-2, 6-3.

Salem improved to 1-1 on the season while the Bobcats dropped to 0-2 on the year.

Wesleyan will be back in action today traveling to Bluefield State for a 1 p.m. start.

The results:

Salem 5                                                                                  WVWC 2

Singles

No. 1 – Gianfranco Germinara (S) def. Harry Simaioforidis, 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.

No. 2 – Emanuel Nicodemo (S) def. Taylor Papworth, 6-4, 6-3.

No. 3 – Anas Haddou (S) def. Anthony McIntosh, 6-0, 6-3.

No. 4 – Camillo Salvi (WVWC) def. Zachary Laplante, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 5 – Nadal Nicolau Ferrer (WVWC) def. Victor Lopez 6-2, 6-3.

No. 6 – Pablo Noya (S) def. Haruki IIzuka, 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles

No. 1 – Simaiofordis/Papworth (WVWC) def. Germinara/Nicodemo, 6-2.

No. 2 – Haddou/Laplante (S) Salvi/Nicolau Ferrer, 7-6(5-0).

No. 3 – Lopez/Noya (S) def. McIntosh/Iizuka, 6-2.

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