Posted: Sep 25, 2019
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Clark men's tennis got a big win Wednesday over the Roger Williams Hawks, 8-1, in nonleague play at the Corash Tennis Courts. After taking two of three doubles, including one in a very close tie break, the Cougars carried their momentum over to singles, where they swept their opponents in what can be considered a huge morale boost for the team.
Score: Cougars 8, Hawks 1
Records: Clark University (2-1) | Roger Williams (0-1)
How it Happened:
At #1 doubles, junior Christian Ruebens (Cheshire, Conn.) and first-year Dariy Vykhodtsev (Saco, ME.) set the pace for the team perfectly, as they were strong and patient, picking the right moments to attack their RWU foes before rising to an 8-3 victory against Brendan White and Dan Tocco. The Cougars found themselves in a tight match at #3 doubles as senior Jack Han (Bakersfield, Calif.) and sophomore Max Schweitzer (West Hartford, Conn.) battled back and forth with RWU's Miles Conlin and Tyler Cain. Despite their best efforts, Clark eventually fell to RWU 6-8 in the set. Finally, #2 doubles came down to a tie break as the Clark pairing of junior Nicholas Mathieu (Topsham, ME.) and first-year Sam Pomann (Piermont, NY.) fought tooth and nail with RWU's Jon Trevethan and Ryan Shuck. In the tie break, Mathieu and Pomann used raw power to take a 6-3 lead, before suddenly losing two points. However, at just the right moment, Pomann blasted a forehand down the middle between his opponents to secure the 8-7 score for Clark to finish doubles with a 2-1 lead in the match.
In singles play, Ruebens increased the margin for the host Cougars as he methodically wore down RWU's Tocco at #2 singles, controlling the pace of the match for a 6-0, 6-1 score. Next, #6 singles continued the great debut for CU's Pomann, as the newcomer defeated RWU's Zak Siddiqui 6-2, 6-3. Pomann's strengths, chiefly his forehand and net game, were on full display. After Pomann, Vyhodtsev secured the match 5-1 for Clark at #4 singles. After losing a tough first set 2-6 to RWU's Shuck, Vyhodtsev caught fire with his slice and overhead shots and won the next twelve consecutive games, ultimately winning 2-6, 6-0, 6-0.
Mathieu added on to the win parade at #1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over RWU's Trevethan. Mathieu's forehands were electric, and his energy got the crowd engaged as he put on a good display on court #1. At #5 singles, senior captain Alex Hattenbach (Wilton, Conn.) got his second straight victory for Clark, winning 6-4, 6-4 over RWU's Nick Cristante. Hattenbach had his shot of the day when hit a beautiful drop shot to bait his opponent into coming to the net, then hitting a well-placed lob winner to secure the first set win. Finally, #3 singles also went to Clark when Schweitzer defeated RWU's White 6-3, 6-3. Schweitzer took a 5-0 lead in the first set, and then came back in the second set after being down 0-2 to win emphatically.
Clark looks to make it three in a row to close out their fall season next Wednesday when they face a very evenly match Stonehill at home.