Jan. 22, 2012
Ithaca, N.Y. - The Boston College men's tennis team earned one victory and one loss on opening weekend of the spring schedule, defeating Byrant University, 6-1, at home on Friday and falling to Cornell, 7-0, on Sunday in Ithaca, N.Y.
The Eagles took all three doubles matches against Byrant Bulldogs on the Flynn Recreation Complex indoor courts on Friday. Senior Akash Muppidi and junior Billy Grokenberger tallied an 8-4 victory on court one, while senior Alex Skinner and freshman Philip Nelson recorded a close 9-7 win on court two. Sophomore Michael McGinnis and freshman Matt Wagner finished out the sweep to earn the Eagles a point with an 8-3 win.
In singles action, four of the five victories came in straight sets. Skinner, playing in the No. 1 spot, defeated Peter Hart Callan, 6-3, 6-0, while sophmore Jonathan Raude took down Ernesto Arguello, 6-2, 6-3, on court three. Wagner tallied a 7-6, 6-1 victory in the fifth spot, while junior Klaus Puestow won, 6-4, 6-3, in the sixth spot. Grokenberger also recorded a victory in three set, coming back after falling in the first set (5-7, 6-3, 6-2).
On Sunday, the Eagles could not notch a point against No. 45 Cornell. The Big Red took all six singles matches in straight sets. Muppidi fell to No. 98 Venkat Iyer, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 1 spot while Skinner filled in at No. 2 and lost to Sam Fleck, 6-3, 6-0. Muppidi and Grokenberger did win their doubles matchup, defeating Iyer and Danny Riggs, 8-4, on court one. Skinner and Nelson and Wagner and McGinnis both fell by scores of 8-5 in tough-fought matches.
The Eagles return to the court on Feb. 11 with a home match against Marquette.