PHILADELPHIA – It was quite a Tuesday afternoon for the Philadelphia University men's tennis team against the University of the Sciences in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and regular season finale. The match started with the Rams honoring their lone senior on a sunny afternoon on the Abraham Salaman Tennis Courts. It ended indoors at the Legacy Youth Tennis Center four and a half hours after it began with Philadelphia pulling out a huge 5-4 victory over USciences.
With the victory, Philadelphia evens its overall record at 10-10 and secured the three seed for the CACC Tournament with a conference mark of 4-2. The Rams will face Chestnut Hill in the semifinal round of the CACC Tournament on Saturday, April 23 at Chestnut Hill.
Prior to the match, the Rams honored senior Celso de Vera Rehberger (Oviedo, Spain/Santa Maria del Naranco) in a Senior Day ceremony
Philadelphia faced a 2-1 deficit as USciences (8-13, 3-3 CACC) claimed two of the three doubles matches. The Rams' No. 3 tandem of Jacobo Atri (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Hebreo Monte Sinai, AC) and Vincent Breer (Heidelberg, Germany/English Institut Heidelberg) salvaged a point for the team as it defeated Tanner Kerr and Chandat Phan, 8-2. USciences won the No. 1 and No. 2 flights by an 8-6 score.
Breer returned to the singles lineup after five-match absence and notched Philadelphia's second point with a 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 over Kerr. Juan Velosa (Bogota, Colombia/Gimansio Campestre San Rafael) put the Rams in front as he defeated Tajay McLeod 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 5 match.
With the match tied at three, James Pollard (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) moved Philadelphia within a point of victory as he knocked off Chandat Phan at No. 6 in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
The match had to be moved to the Legacy Youth Tennis Center due to lack of sunlight. Luis Molina Megias (Gran Canaria, Spain/Atlantic School Garoe) was leading the No. 2 singles match 5-2 in the third set and the No. 3 singles match was heading to a third-set tiebreak.
Once the match resumed, Molina Megias got the game he needed to defeat Nathan Nguyen, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, and secure the match.
Atri was defeated by Borna Novak, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 (8-6).