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May 27, 2024 8:48 am

Trojans defeat Chowan in conference home opener

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive men’s tennis team captured its first conference win by a 5-2 margin against Chowan on March 21 at John Neal Walker Tennis Center.

With the win, UMO improved its overall record to 7-5 with a 1-1 mark in conference play. Meanwhile, the Hawks of Chowan dropped to 0-12 and 0-2 in league action.

Mount Olive quickly earned the doubles point by gaining victories in all three positions. In the first slot, the No. 33 nationally-ranked team of junior Guilherme Zotin de Oliveira and freshman Daniel Hammond defeated Santino Jose Sormani and Nikola Cvetanovic 6-2 before juniors Adam Ibrahim and Diego Ortega Cadahia defeated Hesley Masara and Anesu Kwirirai 6-3 in second doubles. Sophomore Elios Briand and freshman Bram Poel registered a 6-3 win over Michael Correa and Alvaro Juscamaita in the third position.

In singles, the Trojans sealed the team win with four successful matches. In No. 1 singles, de Oliveira overcame Kwirirai with a 6-1, 6-0 margin before Ibrahim fell to Jose Sormani by a 7-5, 6-2 count in the second position. In the third slot, senior Israel Rodriguez Rojas suffered a three-set loss by a score of 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 against Cvetanovic. In fourth singles, freshman Kabir Chhabria defeated Masara 6-3, 6-1, while Poel captured a quick 6-0, 6-2 win over Correa in the fifth position. Ortega Cadahia finished with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 triumph against Juscamaita in the sixth spot.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics