NORFOLK, Va. (April 20, 2017) – The North Carolina A&T men’s tennis team saw their season end on Thursday with a 4-0 loss to Morgan State at the 2017 MEAC Men’s Championship Tournament. The Aggies close the season 1-16 overall as they made their first trip to the MEAC tournament in 11 years.
In their return to the tournament, the Aggies got things started with N.C. A&T’s Nicolas Arduh taking a loss in No. 1 singles to Jeremy Field, 6-0, 6-4. Niko Barr then tried to take down Arjun Ramakrishnan in No. 2 singles but was unsuccessful in a 6-1, 6-1 defeat. The No. 5 singles was the only other singles competition to go to completion. Brett Caban was defeated by MSU’s Nihit Rawal in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. There were two doubles matches completed on Thursday. Barr and Arduh lost to Ondrej Labik and Rawal 6-4 in No. 1 doubles. The Bears clinched the point when Ramakrishnan and Sathyanarayanan defeated Jordan Lawrence and Caban 6-2.
With the clinched doubles point in their possession, the Bears had won enough matches to clinch the contest and advance to the semifinals to face Florida A&M, noon Friday. N.C. A&T freshman Adair Bartra split the first two sets with Labik before the match was stopped because MSU had already clinched the win. The same was done for N.C. A&T’s John Wilson IV at No. 4 singles and Lawrence at No.6 singles. Both men were playing well before their matches were stopped. The same can be said for the doubles team of Wilson and Bartra.
The Aggies only had one senior on a team that featured a five-win Bartra and a four-win Wilson.
North Carolina A&T vs Morgan State
Apr 20, 2017 at Norfolk, Va.
Morgan State 4, North Carolina A&T 0
1. FIELD,Jeremy (MSUM) def. ARDUH,Nicolas (NCATM) 6-0, 6-4
2. RAMAKRISHNAN,Arjun (MSUM) def. BARR,Niko (NCATM) 6-1, 6-1
3. LABIK,Ondrej (MSUM) vs. BARTRA,Adair (NCATM) 6-4, 4-6, unfinished
4. KRUSINSKI,Lucas (MSUM) vs. WILSON,John IV (NCATM) 4-6, 0-4, unfinished
5. RAWAL,Nihit (MSUM) def. CABAN,Brett (NCATM) 6-3, 6-1
6. SATHYANARAYANAN,S. (MSUM) vs. LAWRENCE,Jordan (NCATM) 6-1, 5-6, unfinished
1. LABIK,Ondrej/RAWAL,Nihit (MSUM) def. ARDUH,Nicolas/BARR,Niko (NCATM) 6-4
2. FIELD,Jeremy/KRUSINSKI,Lucas (MSUM) vs. BARTRA,Adair/WILSON,John IV (NCATM) 5-4, unfinished
3. RAMAKRISHNAN,Arjun/SATHYANARAYANAN,S. (MSUM) def. LAWRENCE,Jordan/CABAN,Brett (NCATM) 6-2