Men’s tennis closes regular season with win over Duquesne


The score of the box BALTIMORE, Md. (April 23, 2022) ⏤ The Morgan State men’s team wrapped up the 2022 regular season with a 6-7 non-conference road win over Duquesne on Saturday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Courts.

It was a special day for standout Morgan Nihit Rawal who was honored for Senior Day and appeared in his home game as a college student-athlete.

Morgan State (10-8) moved to a two-game winning streak to end the regular season, while the Dukes fell to 9-9 this season.

Morgan claimed the double point but trailed 2-1 before the Bears secured the final four wins to secure the win.

Dual (3,1,2)
The bear team Sebastien Lopez and Makkijha Brown recorded a 6-4 victory over Tamirlan Teberikov and Liam Wickwire of the Dukes on Court 3. Morgan got the point on Court 2, where Rhajzon Rankins and Niles Rachel beat Joey Matthews and Jin Dassanayake, 7-5.

Singles (6,5,4,3,2,1)
Duquesne rallied with a pair of wins to open singles play. Joey Matthews defeated Martial Kawunde6-2, 6-1, on court 6, followed by Jin Dassanayake who wins 6-1, 6-2 against Rhajzon Rankins on court 5 to increase the Dukes’ lead to 2-1.

Morgan bounced back to level the score at 2-2, following Sebastin Lopez’s 6-3, 6-2 victory over Tamirlan Teberikov on Court 4.

The Bears would regain the lead for good when Nils Rachal, the reigning MEAC Player of the Week, held off Alejandro Rodriguez-Vidal 6-3, 6-2 in a No. 3 singles match to put the hosts ahead 3-2. Morgan ended the match when Nihit Rawal recorded a victory over Alex Mascioli 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 on Court 2, followed by Mikeal Charpentier recording a 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Kaipo Marshall to give the Bears the 5-2 win.

Morgan State will now prepare for the upcoming MEAC Championship scheduled for Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30 in Cary, North Carolina.

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