Men’s tennis opens season with 5-4 defeat to Westminster

Dylan Nuzzo
Junior Dylan Nuzzo

Olean, N.Y. – The Pitt-Bradford men’s tennis team opened its 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 22, with a 5-4 defeat at the hands of visiting Westminster College.

Pitt-Bradford (0-1, 0-0) junior Kosta Teverovskiy and senior Allan Miller opened the match in doubles play with a 9-7 defeat to Westminster’s (2-0, 0-0) top doubles pair. Senior Travis Scida and junior Ian Vaughn notched the first victory of the year for the Panthers with an 8-2 win over the Titans.

Junior Dylan Nuzzo and freshman Jordan Dugan secured the second victory with an 8-1 win and had the Panthers leading the Titans 2-1 heading into singles play.

Teverovskiy was retired against Troy Abbott of Westminster in the first game of singles. Scida dropped the second match 7-6, 6-3, while Miller was able to land the first win of singles play with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Westminster’s Mark Andino.

Vaughn dropped his match 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, and Dugan captured the Panthers’ final victory with a 6-0, 6-3 defeat of Sam Angelo. Junior Michael Fitzpatrick dropped the final game 6-1, 6-1 to equal the final score.

“All the matches were really close, especially the number one doubles,” said head coach Susan Schenfield. “Our doubles teams played aggressively with their heavy ground strokes. As the 2014 season begins, we will be working hard to put the pieces together long enough to break through to establish ourselves as one of the top teams.”

The Panthers are back in action on March 18, when Keuka heads to town for a 4 p.m. match.