Ram men finish with 4-3 mark in Orlando
News Photo
Men's Tennis - Thu, Mar. 16, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. – Cornell's men's tennis team secured a winning 4-3 Florida record with two dual victories Wednesday on the final day of the spring break trip.

The Rams handled regionally-ranked Dickinson in the opener, 7-2, and posted a 9-0 shutout over Curry. Cornell bounced back from dual defeats Tuesday against St. Scholastica, 5-4, and Ohio Wesleyan, 7-2.

Cornell moved its season record to 9-9, having played nine duals over the past 12 days.

In Wednesday's meets, the Rams picked up two singles wins each from Gabriel Souza (SO/Teresopolis, Brazil), Shoma Kishimoto (FR/Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Nick Van Den Handel (SO/Highland Village, Texas). Cornell's No. 2 doubles team of Hayden Dzurisin (FR/Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Kishimoto and No. 3 tandem of Aditya Goyal (FR/Cupertino, Calif.) and Hiro Harada (SR/Ninomiya, Japan) both went 2-0 on the day.

Tom Greene (SO/Freeport, Ill.), Harada and Alex Rand (SO/Des Moines, Iowa) scored singles wins in the Curry meet, while Souza and Tucker Barnes (JR/Flower Mound, Texas) were 8-1 winners at No. 1 doubles.

Dzurisin and Barnes added wins at singles against Dickinson. Dzurisin and Kishimoto recorded Cornell's lone doubles win, an 8-5 decision at the No. 2 position.  

The Rams came up just short in a 5-4 battle with a strong St. Scholastica squad, which improved to 8-1 on the season. Cornell led 2-1 after doubles play with wins at the No. 2 (Dzurisin-Kishimoto) and No. 3 (Harada-Goyal) slots.

Kishimoto (6-2, 6-2 at No. 3) and Van Den Handel (6-3, 6-2 at No. 6) posted the team's two wins in singles.

Cornell lost to another tough foe in Ohio Wesleyan, a 9-2 dual team. Kishimoto was the lone Ram to prevail in singles, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3. Souza and Barnes came out a 9-7 victor at the top doubles spot.

Coming up – Cornell plays host to rival Coe March 25 in a 5 p.m. Bremner Cup dual in Mount Vernon. The Rams hold a 6-4 lead in the 2016-17 Bremner Cup All-Sport Standings with five competitions remaining.