Troy Men’s Tennis Cruises Past Chattanooga in Home Opener

TROY, Ala ( – After 12 matches on the road, the Troy men’s tennis team finally played at home, winning easily over Chattanooga, 6-1, at the Lunsford Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon.

Troy (4-9) won its third straight match, and did so with a strong showing from the bottom of its singles lineup.  The Trojans started the day with a close doubles point as Pablo Moreno and Andre Baldo won in a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles, 7-6 (1), to grab the opening point.

The Trojans then quickly grabbed four straight-set victories to take the match.  Mustapha Belcora was the first to win, beating Pablo Llebeili at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-2.  Baldo put the Trojans up 3-0 when he won, 6-3, 6-1, over Derrick Brown at No. 6 singles.

Vaclav Slezak clinched the match for Troy with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Luke Saunders at No. 3 singles.  Hassan Ndayishimiye played in his second straight match and grabbed a 7-5, 7-5 win over Paul LaHue at No. 5 singles.

Chattanooga (4-7) got its lone win of the day in a super tiebreaker at No. 2 singles where Nick Wingord beat Giovani Samaha, 7-6 (3), 0-6, 1-0 (11-9).  Daniel Bustamante closed the scoring for Troy with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Lucas Plesky at No. 1.

Troy now turns its attention to a 9 a.m. CT match on Saturday at Georgia Southern.  Troy will also take on Florida Gulf Coast in Statesboro, Ga., on Saturday before traveling to face Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C., on Sunday.

Troy 6, Chattanooga 1

Mar 04, 2016 at Troy, Ala. (Lunsford Tennis Center)

Singles competition

  1. Daniel Bustamante (TROY) def. Lucas Plesky (UTC) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
  2. Nick Wingord (UTC) def. Giovani Samaha (TROY) 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 1-0 (11-9)
  3. Vaclav Slezak (TROY) def. Luke Saunders (UTC) 6-4, 6-3
  4. Mustapha Belcora (TROY) def. Pablo Llebeili (UTC) 6-3, 6-2
  5. Hassan Ndayishimiye (TROY) def. Paul LaHue (UTC) 7-5, 7-5
  6. Andre Baldo (TROY) def. Derrick Brown (UTC) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition

  1. Pablo Moreno/Andre Baldo (TROY) def. Luke Saunders/Lucas Plesky (UTC) 7-6 (7-1)
  2. Andy Lau/Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Nick Wingord/Pablo Llebeili (UTC) 6-3
  3. Michael Birnbaum/Paul LaHue (UTC) def. Hassan Ndayishimiye/Mustapha Belcora (TROY) 6-2

Match Notes

Chattanooga 4-7

Troy 4-9

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,3,5,2,1)

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