The UR men’s tennis team ended the regular season on Friday April 16 with a record of 9-8 and a 2-0 conference record. UR played against Wesleyan College and New York University, winning both matches 5-1 and 4-2, respectively, on April 10.In their first outside match since Spring Break, the men won five of the singles matches. In No. 1 singles, senior Dan Williford came back from being down a set and a break to win 3-6, 7-6 (4), 10-5. Junior Partha Bhattacharya won with a second-set tiebreaker for a victory at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 7-6 (2). The UR team then went on to defeat NYU. Bhattacharya, junior Avinash Reddy and Williford won both of their singles matches for the day. Sophomore Eric Prince also won at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 7-5.UR lost to Trinity College in a closely-contested match on April 11. To end the weekend undefeated, Prince won at No. 5 singles, 7-5, 6-1. Prince teamed up with junior Brian Shenker to win at No. 3 doubles, 8-6. Captains Williford and Reddy lost in tough three-set matches, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 and 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, respectively.The men then traveled to SUNY Binghamton and lost 6-1. Prince was the only winner, coming back from a 5-2 deficit in the first set for a victory at No. 4 singles 7-6 (4), 6-1. Bhattacharya and freshman Mike Lee also had tough matches with first-set tiebreakers.UR defeated the College of New Jersey 7-0 on, April 17. UR won every singles match in the competition and took the doubles point by winning two of the three matches. Williford won at No. 1 singles 7-5, 6-4. Williford and senior Colin Ryan went on to win at No. 1 doubles, 8-5. Reddy and Bhattacharya won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, and paired up to win at No. 2 doubles, 8-4. “We will have to have our best [University Athletic Association] showing to date to earn a spot,” Head Coach Anna Khavalina said. “Hopefully, having a tough competition season will help our team rise to the challenge and be successful at the conference championship.”McLean can be reached at amclean@campustimes.org.



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