Men drop final home match

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The men’s tennis team competed in their final home match of the regular season on April 13 at Forest Park against William Woods University. They engaged in a close competition but were beaten out, 4-3. Te squad also honored their lone senior, Paarth Dodhiawala, before the matches began. SLU dropped to 7-9 on the season.

SLU started off on the back foot after dropping the doubles point. Junior John Nogalski and sophomore Oscar Pachon lost to David Barbieri and Stefan Simic, 6-4, and junior David Ferragut and junior Charlie Parry lost to Oscar Barreiro and Johnnie Carmichael, 6-4.

In singles competition, the Bills still had the chance to make a comeback, and they were almost successful. Ferragut won at the first spot in a tight match against Christian Barbieri, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5. Justin Nogalski was successful at the number five spot, defeating Oscar Donker, 6-4, 6-2. Charlie Parry brought in another win for SLU at the sixth spot against David Barbieri, 7-5, 6-3.

After losing the first set, 6-2, Dodhiawala appeared to be making a comeback in the second set at the number three spot, but ultimately lost the second set in a tiebreaker, 7-6, against Christopher Vleeming. Pachon suffered the same fate at the fourth spot, losing to Johnnie Carmichael, 6-4, 7-6.

John Nogalski had the opportunity to give SLU the victory at the number two singles spot. After winning the first set, 6-2, he put himself in a good position to do just that. However, his opponent, Oscar Barreiro, gained the momentum and finished the final sets, 6-3, 6-3. William Woods took the victory, 4-3, to improve to 9-5 on the year.

SLU will wrap up their regular season competition on the road against UMKC on April 20 in Kansas City, Mo. with a 1:30 p.m. start time. The Bills will enter post-season play on April 27 as the travel to Orlando, Fla.