Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 9, 2013

Big Blues dominate in battle of regional tennis powers

Staff, wire report
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — In a matchup of two Division II regional tennis powers, the Bluefield State men blew out the University of Charleston 8-1 on Monday afternoon at Bluefield City Courts.

The Big Blues (13-2, 6-0 WVIAC) began the day by taking all three in doubles play against  the Golden Eagles (12-4, 4-1 WVIAC).

Jacob Carey and Pitor Kruk defeated Dennis Okoth and Sam Humphrey 9-7 in the No. 1 slot. Vishewesh Sinha and Shikhar Kapur defeated James Gammell and Matt Sherba 8-3 while Niklass Sparr and Vlad Catlan earned an 8-5 win over Richard Williams and Gabriel Seymour in the third doubles match.

Bluefield State head coach Louis Belt said, “If you can get up 3-0, that probably takes the wind out of one team, while it boosts the confidence of the other team.”

He added, “The No. 2 doubles team played really well.”

In singles play, the Big Blues got the best of Charleston in all matches except for the No. 3 singles match where Kapur retired in the match against Gammell for UC’s lone point.

Sinha beat Sherba 6-0, 6-2 and Carey clashed with Humphrey before securing a 7-6, 6-2 win. Kruk continued his undefeated season in singles play during dual competition, recording a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jacob Lorenz. Conner Pickering cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Nicholas Bakos and Guatam Sreeram won a three-set thriller over Varun Shah 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 to wrap up the convincing victory.

“Charleston is a good tennis team,” Belt said. “I think being at home helped.”

The Big Blues play Concord at 4 p.m. today in Athens.