By Samip Delhiwala
Published: May 2nd, 2018
After recording a 7-6 (3-3 in conference) regular season record—its best since 2008—the No. 4 seeded Brooklyn College men’s tennis team fell to No. 1 seeded Baruch College, 5-0, in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) semifinal match at the US National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY on Sunday.
The Bulldogs were swept in doubles competition, with the duo of Marco Gobbato and Jaime Zurro defeating Justin Vasquez and CUNYAC Rookie of the Year Rohan Mathur, 8-3. Lewis Pena and Michael Dozortsev defeated second-year members Samuel Meyerovich and Binyamin Abramowitz, 8-4, and Leonard Margolis and Clement Lacoudre defeated Arie Monas and Chevaugn Mattis, 8-1.
Brooklyn seemed to have better luck in singles competition. Vasquez held his own in No. 1 singles against Zurro, losing the first two sets 6-1, 5-4, before the match went unfinished. Mathur also played well against Gobbato in No. 2 singles; he dropped the first set 7-5, but was leading the next set 1-0 before the match ended unfinished.
The Bearcats dominated the Bulldogs after fighting through Vasquez and Mathur, who are arguably BC’s top competitors. Margolis was leading Monas in No. 3 singles 6-1, 4-0, before the match ended unfinished. Pena was leading Meyerovich 6-1, 5-0, before that ended unfinished as well. Abramowitz and Gryka lost No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively, in 6-0, 6-0 sweeps.
Fatigue may have played a role in the Bulldogs’ loss. The team ends its season after defeating Lehman College the previous afternoon in the CUNYAC quarterfinal match.
Baruch advances to the CUNYAC championship match, and will take on No. 2 seeded Hunter College tomorrow at the US National Tennis Center.