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Senior John Wilson IV won his final singles match at the Aggies Tennis Complex on Monday against UC Riverside. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information

Seniors Play With Heart On Senior Day

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 03/26/2018
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GREENSBORO (March 26, 2018) – The North Carolina A&T men’s tennis seniors showed up in a big way in their final match at the Aggies Tennis Complex on Monday. Despite a 5-2 loss to UC Riverside, senior John Wilson IV got a win in singles and senior Dreshaun Jarmon partnered with freshman Jorge Goenaga to get a win in doubles. 

“The last home match saw the seniors step up and showed Aggie Pride leadership by example,” said N.C. A&T coach William Crutchfield. “I was pleased with the seniors' performances, but we still have work to do and will be working harder in the next weeks to reach our goal.”

N.C. A&T held its Senior Day to celebrate Wilson, Jarmon and Brett Caban. The class of Wilson, Jarmon and Caban were the freshman class that arrived in 2015 when the school returned men's tennis to the varsity lineup after a nine-year absence. 

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Jarmon and Goenaga defeated Pawl Jankowiak and Gilberts Chung 6-3 in a very intense match. N.C. A&T lost the other two doubles match to give UC Riverside the doubles point.

Wilson overpowered Benjamin Kilchherr 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles. The match was emotional for Wilson as you could hear him throughout the Aggies Tennis Complex trying to hype up and motivate his teammates. 

Caban put all he had into his matches while playing in the No. 3 singles and doubles positions as he tried to add another win to his collegiate total. Despite his best efforts, Caban came up short in singles, falling to Kyle McCann in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.Caban and Jordan Lawrence lost at No. 3 doubles. 

The Aggies other win came at the No. 5 singles position as Goenaga went 2-for-2 on the day. Even though this match only went to two sets, it outlasted Caban’s match that went into three sets. Goenaga and his opponent Gilbert Chung played deep into the afternoon with both players hitting crushing balls back and forth. Neither player was going to hit big shots down the line, they were more focused on hitting hard and low shots across the net and in play. Goenaga’s endurance outlasted Chung’s as he defeated him 6-2, 6-4.

N.C. A&T’s next match will be on Saturday, April 14 as they take on N.C. Central at 10 a.m. A win over the rival Eagles could qualify the Aggies for the MEAC tournament, April 25-28 in Norfolk, Va. Wilson, Jarmon and Caban helped the Aggies qualify for the MEAC tournament last season. 

UC Riverside vs North Carolina A&T
March 26, 2018 at Greensboro, N.C.

UC Riverside 5, North Carolina A&T 2
Singles competition:

  1. Pawl Jankowiak (UCR) def. JARMON,Dreshaun (NCATM) 6-1, 6-2
  2. WILSON,John IV (NCATM) def. Benjamin Kilchherr (UCR) 6-4, 6-1
  3. Kyle McCann (UCR) def. CABAN,Brett (NCATM) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
  4. Nabil Abdallah (UCR) def. BARTRA,Adair (NCATM) 6-4, 6-3
  5. GOENAGA,Jorge (NCATM) def. Gilbert Chung (UCR) 6-2, 6-4
  6. Vignesh Subramanyan (UCR) def. FAULKENBURY,Hayden (NCATM) 6-0, 6-1

 Doubles competition:

  1. JARMON,Dreshaun/GOENAGA,Jorge (NCATM) def. Pawl Jankowiak/Gilbert Chung (UCR) 6-3
  2. Filip Engstrom/Kyle McCann (UCR) def. BARTRA,Adair/WILSON,John IV (NCATM) 6-2
  3. Nabil Abdallah/Anderson Ju (UCR) def. CABAN,Brett/LAWRENCE,Jordan (NCATM) 6-0
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