Men’s tennis improves to 3-2 in A-10, breaks even with wins against St. Joe’s, Fordham

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SLU Men’s Tennis responded to a 6-1 loss to conference rivals VCU with weekend 5-2 victories against Saint Joseph’s and Fordham. The matches brought SLU to a 3-2 record overall in the Atlantic 10, and to a 6-4 record overall.

Against VCU, at the home of the Rams in Richmond, Va., only one Billiken, junior David Ferragut, managed a win. He came from behind to defeat VCU’s Daryl Monfils, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. The other SLU individuals competing in the singles competition lost, and the Billikens did not manage a victory in the doubles competitions either.

SLU Men’s Tennis then continued their road trip. They traveled to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Saint Joseph’s, and managed to win 5-2. The win brought them to a .500 2-2 record in the A-10, and 5-4 overall. The match saw SLU win the doubles point, while also taking four out of six singles matches. Both junior Juan Calero and senior Paarth Dodhiawala took three sets to earn their wins.

SLU then saw off their East Coast trip with another 5-2 victory, with this one coming over Fordham in New York. Junior Charlie Parry and junior John Nogalski both won their doubles match together. Ferragut and Dodhiawala both managed to win three-set matches, while Parry and Nogalski won their singles matches in straight sets.

Next up for the Billikens will be a match against IUPUI on Friday, March 3 in Indianapolis, Ind. The next day, they will take on Illinois State in Normal, Ill.. Then, on Thursday, March 9, they will face Southern Illinois in Carbondale, Ill.