Men’s Tennis swings its way to a 5-4 victory over Altoona

Junior Dylan Nuzzo

The Pitt-Bradford men’s tennis team had its hands full with visiting Penn State Altoona, but managed to escape with a 5-4 victory on Sunday, April 13, at the Kessel Athletic Complex.

Pitt-Bradford (4-5, 3-2) entered the match searching for the conference win to put the Panthers over .500 for the season.

The men swept doubles play over the Lions with the duo of Konstantin Teverovskiy and Allan Miller leading the way with an 8-3 victory in the first pairing. Ian Vaughan and Travis Scida grabbed the win in the second flight with an 8-6 victory.

In the final doubles pairing, Dylan Nuzzo and Jordan Dugan collected an 8-4 win to finish the sweep.

In singles play, Teverovskiy got things started with a 6-1, 6-0 win in game one over Altoona’s Christopher Reighard. Scida was defeated in game two 6-6, 6-2 by Adam Hack.

Patrick Albright of Altoona knocked off Vaughan in game three to put the Lions back in the mix for an overall win. Miller collected the win in game four 6-4, 6-3 to seal the win for the Panthers.

In game five, Dugan fell 7-5, 6-4. The final flight saw Nuzzo fall to Ben Settimio by a score of 6-3, 7-5.

In exhibition play, Thai Dao and Michael Fitzpatrick each faced Tony Verghai of Altoona. Dao lost his set 0-6, while Fitzpatrick was defeated 7-6.  

“In doubles, we constructed on rallies and moved forward selectively,” said head coach Susan Schenfield. “As a team, our success today was being mentally tough. It was a great team win.”

The men wrap up their regular season slate on Friday, April 18, with D’Youville coming to the KAC for a match at 4 p.m.