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.
Salem 5 WVWC 2
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.
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.