BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford men's tennis team earned a 7-0 win over Alabama A&M Wednesday afternoon at the Samford Tennis Center.
"We took care of business today," Samford head coach Rahim Esmail said. "We did a good job in singles, jumping on them early and not giving them an opportunity to get themselves into the match. The freshmen played convincing tennis today, both in singles and doubles. Our main objective right now is to continue to improve and enjoy the process of getting better."
Samford picked up the first point of the match by winning on the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles courts to take the doubles point. At No. 1 doubles, Jake Faundez and Hugo Moreira defeated Nishangan Nadaraja and Shakir Elvin, 6-0. On the No. 2 doubles court, Rossouw Norval and Aleksandar Petrovic defeated Cristian Bigott and Fermin Ruiz Gespo, 6-2.
Samford won all six singles matches in straight sets. At No. 1 singles, Faundez defeated Nadaraja, 6-2, 6-1. On the No. 2 singles court, Justin Ghavami earned a 6-0, 6-4 win over Bigott. At No. 3 singles, Norval defeated Elvin, 6-0, 6-0.
On the No. 4 singles court, Petrovic defeated Carlos Salas, 6-1, 6-0. At No. 5 singles, Moreira defeated Mateo Monroy, 6-3, 6-0. At the No. 6 spot, Max Rebol picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Gespo.
With the win, Samford improves to 3-2. Alabama A&M falls to 0-1 with the loss.
Samford will return to action on Monday, Feb. 19, when the Bulldogs host Presbyterian. The match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start from the Samford Tennis Center.
Samford Men's Tennis 7, Alabama A&M 0
1. Jake Faundez (SAM-M) def. Nishangan Nadaraja (AAMU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Justin Ghavami (SAM-M) def. Cristian Bigott (AAMU) 6-0, 6-4
3. Rossouw Norval (SAM-M) def. Shakir Elvin (AAMU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Aleksandar Petrovic (SAM-M) def. Carlos Salas (AAMU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Hugo Moreira (SAM-M) def. Mateo Monroy (AAMU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Max Rebol (SAM-M) def. Fermin Ruiz Gespo (AAMU) 6-2, 6-1
1. Jake Faundez/Hugo Moreira (SAM-M) def. Nishangan Nadaraja/Shakir Elvin (AAMU) 6-0
2. Rossouw Norval/Aleksandar Petrovic (SAM-M) def. Cristian Bigott/Fermin Ruiz Gespo (AAMU) 6-2
3. Mateo Monroy/Carlos Salas (AAMU) def. Justin Ghavami/Max Rebol (SAM-M) 7-6