The Fordham men’s tennis team earned a road victory on Saturday afternoon with a 6-1 win over the University of Connecticut.
Believe it or not, things started inauspiciously for the Rams on Saturday. After a hard-fought start to the match, the home Huskies took the doubles point despite an impressive victory by the combination of senior Finn Kemper and junior Alex Makatsaria. However, when junior Max Green and sophomore Jofre Segarra dropped their doubles match, UConn earned the first points of the day.
Despite early appearances, it was the last concession Fordham made that day.
The Rams were able to take every singles match for the rest of the afternoon and cruise to a 6-1 victory for the team’s second win of the season. Senior Fabian Mauritzson got the singles matches started with a Fordham victory, and Green’s subsequent match proved to be a turning point on the afternoon.
He took down UConn’s John Holtmann in a third-set tiebreak to earn the victory and propel Fordham to a lead it would not relinquish. In the next four matches, juniors Lutwin de Macar and Alex Makatsaria, along with Kemper and senior Steven Duka, all earned victories. Duka, in fact, earned his first victory of the season on Saturday.
With the win, Fordham is now on a two-game winning streak, with a 3-2 record on the season. The Rams will take some time off after Saturday’s win, as the squad does not compete until Feb. 22 at Siena College. All during a nearly two-month road trip for the Rams, as the team played its last home match on Jan. 25 and will not return home again until March 15.