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Men’s tennis defeats Johnson, falls to NAIA-ranked Campbellsville

Men’s tennis defeats Johnson, falls to NAIA-ranked Campbellsville

DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre men's tennis cruised past John University (Tenn.) Saturday in their home opener, before falling to NAIA-ranked Campbellsville.

MATCH ONE: Centre 9, Johnson 0

Centre (1-4) earned its first win of the season with a 9-0 romp against the Royals (0-5).

At No. 1 doubles, Arpit Maini (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Trey Akmon (Louisville, Ky.) continued their strong play together with an 8-0 win against Carson Byington and Matt Nordstrom.

The No. 2 tandem of Matthew Ko (Nocholasville, Ky.) and Josh Joiner (Danville, Ky.) dropped Michael Rhodenbaugh and Ethan Smith, 8-1, while Max Middleton (Cincinnati) and Ben Hadlock (Okemos, Mich.) swept Caleb Weaver and Riley Reinhardt, 8-0, at No. 3.

Singles would not fare much better for the visiting Royals, who won just four games across the six matches.

Middleton played at No. 1 and defeated Byington, 6-0, 6-1, while Adam Slone (Lexington, Ky.) handed Nordstrom a 6-1, 6-1 loss at No. 2.

Ko cruised past Rhodenbaugh, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3, and Joiner followed with a pristine 6-0, 6-0 victory against Smith at No. 4.

Quinn Pritchett (Salt Lake City) made his spring debut with a 6-0, 6-0 win against Reinhardt at No. 5, and Beau Brown (Batesville, Ind.) likewise earned his first victory with a similar 6-0, 6-0 decision against Weaver at No. 6 singles.

MATCH TWO: Campbellsville 9, Centre 0

Centre ran into a tough Campbellsville squad in the nightcap, facing a Tigers squad that ranks No. 4 in the nation among NAIA teams.

Campbellsville, which returns much of its 2017 roster that reached the NAIA semifinals, earned wins at all three doubles slots to take a commanding 3-0 lead.

Maini and Akmon managed to take four games against Chrys Castro and Alejandro Reyes, Campbellsville's top duo that finished fourth in last fall's ITA Oracle Cup.

In singles, Centre lost in straight sets across the board against a stout Tigers lineup.

Centre returns to its home court tomorrow (Sunday) with a noon meeting against Midway.