WISE, Va. - The 22nd-ranked University of Pikeville men’s tennis team was on cruise control on Thursday, handling NCAA Div. II UVa.-Wise 9-0 on the road at the Jim Humphreys Tennis Complex.
It was the Bears’ eighth straight win.
The Cavaliers lost every match in straight sets except for Vlad Akimenko pushing UPIKE’s top-seeded Francois Billet to a 10-point tiebreaker which he won 10-7. Billet had lost the first set 6-4 before battling back for a 6-4 win himself in the second set.
But the Bears’ advantage started in doubles action where the third-seeded pair of Connor Smith and Billet finished first with an 8-0 win against Jon Saado and John Dotson. No. 1 Sven Rodenbusch and Dmity Babenkov topped Akimenko and Tanner Crowder 8-0 as well. Pikeville pulled off the doubles sweep with Pawel Tarasewicz and Marcos Fondelius getting by Chris Armistead and Juhan Washington 8-2 at the second seed.
Up 3-0, Pikeville got its first singles win from Sven Rodenbusch at the No. 2 seed with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Crowder. Babenkov finished off the win for the Bears by topping Armistead 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 3 seed.
With the match wrapped up, the teams finished out singles play which allowed No. 6-seed Brennan Alderman to register his first win of the season after knocking off Saado in a pro set 8-3.
Other pro-set winners for UPIKE included Fondelius 8-1 and Felix Singer 8-0.
UPIKE 9, UVa.-Wise 0
Thursday, Mach 27 at Jim Humphrey’s Tennis Complex (Wise, Va.)
1. Francois Billet (UPIKE) def. Vlad Akimenko (UVAW) 4-6, 6-4 (10-7)
2. Sven Rodenbusch (UPIKE) def. Tanner Crowder (UVAW) 6-1, 6-1
3. Dmitry Babenkov (UPIKE) def. Chris Armistead (UVAW) 6-1, 6-2
4. Marcos Fondelius (UPIKE) def. Juhan Washington (UVAW) 8-1
5. Felix Singer (UPIKE) def. Jimmy Stewart (UVAW) 8-0
6. Brennan Alderman (UPIKE) def. Jon Saado (UVAW) 8-3
1. Sven Rodenbusch/Babenkov (UPIKE) def. Akimenko/Crowder (UVAW) 8-0
2. Pawel Tarasewicz/Fondelius (UPIKE) def. Armistead/Washington (UVAW) 8-2
3. Connor Smith/Billet (UPIKE) def. Saado/John Dotson (UVAW) 8-0
Pikeville: 9-4, 2-0 MSC; National Ranking: No. 22
UVa.-Wise: 4-8, 2-1 ME; National Ranking: UR