The Mercer men’s tennis team dropped its most recent match to the No. 29 ranked Florida State Seminoles and moved to 0-4 on the young season.
Florida State came into the match on the heels of a loss to the No. 7 ranked Pepperdine Waves, and were looking to come away with a win against the Bears.
The Seminoles did just that, defeating Mercer 7-0.
Despite the loss, there were several positive performances from the Mercer squad. Specifically, freshman Arsav Mohanty stepped into the No. 3 singles position and turned some heads.
Mohanty, playing his first match of the season at the No. 3 position, pushed No. 99 ranked Benjamin Lock to three sets. After dropping the first set 6-2, Mohanty took the second in a tiebreaker 7-6 (8-6). The final set was decided by another tiebreaker with Lock escaping with the 1-0 (10-8) victory.
Arsav’s brother Arnav struggled at the No. 1 position falling 6-0, 6-1 to No. 107 Dominic Coltrone. Arnav and fellow freshman Anderson Scarpa have been trading positions at No. 1 and No. 2 with Scarpa playing the No. 2 position and taking a 6-4, 6-4 loss to FSU’s Jordan Kelly-Houston.
In doubles, the Bears dropped the collective point with the duo of Scarpa and Vincent DeLise leading the way narrowly dropping their proset 8-6 to FSU’s Blake Davis and Benjamin Lock.
Joao Pagan and Peter Tauchner dropped their matches in two sets at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions.
The Bears travel to Charlotte, N.C. for a couple of away tilts next weekend against Charlotte, then head to South Carolina to take on Wofford.