Men’s tennis drops road match to No. 29 Florida State University

Bryson Jones

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.

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